Homogenized Terrestrials’ Phillip Klampe returns to his cassette roots; this is his first full-length release on tape since the early 90s. Phil began his work in sound in the 80s during some of the most active times of the home taper scene, eventually collaborating with F.D.R. Tapes’ Brian Noring, Cause & Effect / HalTapes’ Hal McGee, Tapedrugs’ Charles Rice Goff III, and others on various cassette & CDR releases. To this day his work remains mysterious & beguiling.
e tistula no. 2 is an album of obscure emotions in electronic tones and textures, blurred, agitated, and emphasized through use of processing, pacing and juxtaposition. The results are, as usual, strangely beautiful.
Klampe’s vision is further clarified as of late by surges in his video work. In his video imagery he brings to life poetic and often inscrutable images, sensations and events corresponding to his work in sound.
Stills from recent video works make up the included booklet of full-color imagery.
Ltd. 50 copies printed and assembled by the artist.
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The third new release by Aubjects is Phil Klampe’s project Homogenized Terrestrials, of
whom we reviewed quite a few works before. He’s been active since the 80s, being part of the then very active cassette scene, working with Charles Rice Goff III, Hal Mcgee and Brian Noring, and he kept on going playing his own brand of electronic mood music, which may or may not involve a whole bunch of synthesizers, samplers and electronics. In his music much is possible; while for the most of it, it contains moody synthesizers, mild sequences, a bit of arpeggio on the keyboards, he also allows, if only occasionally, for a rhythm that borrows from the world of techno music, such as in ‘Eat Your Soup, We Need Healthy Warriors’ or a more exotic, stranger rhythm in ‘Flimal 5’. But most of the time it is all about moods and textures, and those are quite dark and a bit unsettling. There is a lot of use of regular equipment and not so much the processing of sounds through software. Whether these are real synthesizers or software versions, I don’t know, and also don’t care about, really. The result is what counts and the results are great. All of these thirteen pieces are concise and to the point and not a formless mass of drone based sounds but rather full formed compositions, heads and tails and all. This is another confirmation
that the Homogenized Terrestrials is a great project and living for far too long under the radar. Only a few handfuls of this have been made, while it deserves, I think, a much wider distribution.