IANNIS XENAKIS: Persepolis Plus Remixes, Vol. 1: 2X CD

Jul 21, 2009

The original 1971 piece here, “Persepolis,” reminds me of nothing so much as Throbbing Gristle’s “2nd Annual Report”: underlying drones and creepy shimmers are visited by swooping horror-movie strings (? – sounds like strings, anyway). It’s an hour long and if this is the kind of noise you like, you’ll like this noise very much. Disc 2 has nine “remixes,” some of which retain the understated eeriness of the original and others of which, like Merzbow’s, tear it apart into unrecognizable exercises in harshness.

 –doug (Asphodel LTD)