Mis En Scene – Front.back & Form -4.1 DVD surround – leerraum [ ]




Once again, leerraum have broken new ground by introducing the work of Mis En Scene, the sonic projection of one Shay Nassi, who lives and works in Tel Aviv. This 4.1 surround excursion showcases the work of Nassi, and is best described as “clicks and cuts”. However, and in usual leerraum style, this work is not so easily classified or pigeon-holed, as Nassi seeks out a new language for the genre, splicing his pointillist renderings with stark tones, and robust organic texturings, reminiscent of the hybrid offspring of Ryoji Ikeda and Merzbow. Indeed this release is infused with the spirit of a number of Japanoise leanings, and had I had to guess whose work this was blindfolded, I would undoubtedly have come up with somebody like KK Null, or perhaps Evala, such is the Jap-infused spirit of this release. However, Mis En Scene as an artistic entity in his own right is definitely worth investigating, as the work here is clean, and technically precise, and the fusion of various influences makes for a fascinating listen, as brittle tonalism is juxtaposed with blippy rhythmics, to create active, granulated surfaces, and edgy metres and pulses. Fascinating. BGN


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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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