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Album Review

A, well, bizarre concept music group of Sydney, Australian-based composer-performers. The tracks (26, A-Z) take the kind of (mostly vocal) inflections associated with "making sense" in all its forms, and explore these in a musical manner that is at turns humorous, mysterious, lyrical, rambunctious, the music of an unsuspected culture, the birth noises of a new species. Wonderfully, barely readable and appropriately dense notes accompany the disc. Performers are Jim Denley (flutes, sax, and voice), Chris Mann (voice and text), Rik Rue (digital and analogue samples and tape manipulation), Amanda Stewart (voice and text), Stevie Wishart (violin, live electronics, hurdy-gurdy, and voice). (See also their great short piece in the collection Aerial #5). ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Rovi

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Machine for Making Sense opened my mind...

I remember as a teenager scanning the airwaves and falling upon a local college radio station early in the morning. A odd song was playing, but I listened anyway, After listening to the beat and rhythm, I became bored with it and thankfully the song ended. The DJ came on and droned on for a minute or two, then announced he was going to play something different.

The track h played blew my mind.

It was Machine for Making Sense. I listened to it and closed my eyes, I imagined I was in the amazon and flying through the trees. I was paralyzed and felt euphoric at the same time. It went on for what seemed like an eternity. It was incredible. I came out of my trance-like state and felt like I had changed. Thank you for this bizarre and much needed perception change. I love this sound exploration.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Australian avant-garde cooperative Machine for Making Sense was founded in the late '80s to blend speech and improvisation and has since performed in Europe and North America, as well as Australia. The group consists of hurdy-gurdy player and violinist Stevie Wishart, poets/vocalists Amanda Stewart and Chris Mann, Jim Denley on winds, and Rik Rue on samples and tape, all of whom are involved in a variety...
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