- 2002 -
|i -||she became a cobweb in my hands||excerpt|
|iii -||the frailty of angels / the treason of people||excerpt|
|iv -||zero rapture||excerpt|
|v -||the germ is divided||excerpt|
|total running time: 59:24|
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"one of the quietist starts to an album to come through my front door in quite a while. however, this first piece builds into a chaotic assemblage of disembodied voices and simple but effective electronic pulses, added to this is the sound that could be a heavily treated marimba but probably isn't. the title track on this disc is a beautiful piece of atonal electronics whose morphology has been executed exquisitely. the spatiality has to be admired, i'm listening to this on speakers but i think it would be an excellent listen through headphones. this track alone is over 20 minutes long and it never tires or seems drawn out, every minute has been utilised to the full... there's six tracks in total on this disc and none are 'fillers', each and every one of them stands out on their own merit. a very well accomplished album (particularly for a debut) and highly recommended."
"totally deep, really quite beautiful at times and very dark and disturbed at others. yes, this cd from brighton based macrophonies is a rollercoaster ride of intensity with wonderfully dense soundscapes and minimalistic pieces that grow with every listen."
"behind unsong is one mason ball and 'the frailty of angels, the treason of people' is his debut. i have no idea wether mason did other musics before (apperentely he did sound design for the london theater company furnace memoirs, such as 'stories from the bleedhinder', 'the killing of fat kid', 'beak' and 'the gospel according to mr. punch'), but it might be so, since it sounds very well put together. the input in his music are electronically generated tones, processed field recordings, disassembled voices and household stuff. i gather this all goes in to one large sampler, maybe harddisc and well boiled it serves us unsong. dark, atmospheric music, that however doesn't tend towards something like dark ambient (with tons of digital synths), but more into the sound research areas of the hafler trio (circa how to reform mankind), coil or andrew liles. one of the better pieces on this is the lenghty title piece, which is a slow beast moving onwards until a loop drops in and changes the slightly the atmosphere of the music. sometimes the music falls below the point of hearing, but it always creeps back from under the carpet, right into your face. scary music, this is. music that could be easily used for some thriller film production. very spooky but very well made. i am told that through the website of unsong it is possible to order from each song a lenghty remix (one track per cdr), in case this wasn't enough... (fdw)"