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© "pop concréte" rhiz 1998


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normalmailorder.com
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normalmailorder.com review:

Skurile Soundtracks, zerfledderter Pop, anderer Leute Musik als Ausgangsmaterial für Samplingschachteleien mit Spass am Gebrochenen von Dieter Kavacic und Oliver Stotz in den Jahren 1994-97 auf dem Computer erteufelt.
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sonomu review:

There's nothing new in the notion of "pop concrète." Severed Heads and Negativland did it in the Eighties; more recently, musicians as disparate as Some More Crime and John Oswald have proven that pop is indeed eating itself. A diet of pop-culture debris may be enjoyable, but it's not very satisfying and far from nutritious. With ©'s Pop Concrète there is the additional bonus of novelty, as the pop-culture which this Austrian sampler/terrorist duo digests and regurgitates is not our own. Come to think of it, it's difficult to say with any certainly what they've devoured. But the processed byproduct heard on record bears the same relation to music that CheezWiz does to food. Not that every morsel has to be RDA approved., of course. It's just that this is scrapyard salvage spruced up (or at least made presentable) with gobs of glue and slapdash splashes of paint, far enough from a refurbished state that the overall impression - if you look past the shiny new surface - is still one of a heap of junk. The Germans have a word for what they consider the lowest form of music, schlagermusik, the commercial drivel that becomes inexplicably popular, rakes in millions for its publishers and enjoys a thankfully nonexistent shelflife. Pop Concrète could very well be on a level even lower than that, the shells and casts of a lifetime of schlagermusik, the detritus left in its wake, scooped up, remolded, carelessly refitted with current beats and repackaged - without the slightest trace of compunction - as "art." Not all that different from what Rehberg & Bauer did on Faßlt, scavenging DAT cast-offs and disposed files for usable scraps. Maybe the motive is the art-from-trash resourcefulness which fills trendy museums with prettified rubbish, only accomplished here with duck-calls, wind-up toys, pop music 45"s and drinking songs instead of plastic doll-heads, glass baubles and discarded pull-tabs. Like a five-course dinner consisting of gumdrops, jellybeans, Gummi bears, chocolate bars and liquorice, the indulgent thrill of Pop Concrète is hard to resist. Just be careful not to overdo it. The dormouse may have said "Feed your head! Feed your head!" but Momma always stressed "Everything in moderation." Too many meals like that, and you'll find yourself flirting with malnutrition, feeling the empty-head ache of hunger as soon as the CD ends.
Posted by gil gershman at 00:00, 28 Feb 1999

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waschaecht review:

c in a circle: pop concrete
so etwas wie verqueren intellektualismus könnte man fast bei dem projekt c in a circle der herren strolz (scrooge) und kovacic (dj takeshi fumimota) vermuten, denn die verwendung des copyrightzeichens als sinnbild des sampel-genres ist so neu nicht. aber die musik der beiden spricht mehr als bände. sample und noise mit referenzen an japanische lärm-fabriken und dazwischen immer wieder die stille die fast schon nervenzerfetzend wirkt. jede nummer gekennzeichnet mit referenz an ein ereignis eines jahres (stellt sich nur die frage was 2018 war!). live gibt es das ganze als r in a circle (registered).
herr engelmayr sagt: 'schon lange habe er nicht mehr eine cd so oft angehört!'. es ist gut! hasi

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