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Album Review

Armed with his usual impressive array of obscure musical technology and, more importantly, the ability to create something fascinating with it, Sonic Boom continues his open-ended series of explorations with Experimental Audio Research into a new millennium with Vibrations. Again making EAR a solo project instead of a group effort, the five-track Vibrations is long enough to be an album and possesses plenty of treats along the way. As with most of his EAR work, while the general sonic principle remains the same (repetition, oscillations, and studio tweaking galore of "outdated/futuristic" instruments), the particular results here stand alone. The opener "Kalimbell," containing everything from random space burbles to what sounds like a glass rung then looped and relooped, makes for a great start. From there Sonic indulges his varying musical whims to lovely effect, from the semi-gamelan percussion hints and aggressive high drones on "Ring" to the rough, metallic gloom of "Tripple," making for another fascinating and curious view into EAR's world.


Formed: 1993

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Experimental Audio Research -- E.A.R. for short -- was a loosely affiliated assembly of performers primarily spearheaded by Spectrum frontman Sonic Boom; from time to time, the group also included, among others, My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields, God's Kevin Martin, and AMM's Eddie Prevost. As a revolving exercise in guitar-based noise, each E.A.R. release radically differed from the ones preceding it, spanning the divide between weightless ambience and dense sheets of feedback; the project was...
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