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Album Review

During its heyday in the early 1990s, Plastic Noise Experience was a duo consisting of Claus Robert Kruse and SM Kalwa, and its releases helped shape the sound of Germany's dark electronic music and EBM scenes. Following a long hiatus, Plastic Noise Experience has returned as the performing name of Kruse by himself, and that name still stands for the best in old-school German electro. And when I say "old-school," I do mean old-school — Kruse's chilly but almost cheerful synthesizer bleeps and mechanical rhythms hark back explicitly to the glory days of Kraftwerk, even as his vocal style and distorted percussion sounds evoke the harsher and more dystopian sounds of Front 242 and KMFDM. Luckily, it's the relatively light-hearted music that ends up undermining the Teutonic sternness of the vocals rather than vice versa, especially on "Monoton Synchron" and the really pretty jaunty "Vad." The album ends, somewhat strangely, with two abstract (almost ambient) instrumental meditations titled "Schlafmodus 1" and "Schlafmodus 2." Translated roughly, those titles mean "Sleep Mode 1" and "2", and if they aren't exactly soporific, they won't necessarily rouse you from slumber either. Recommended.

Customer Reviews

This is PNE in name only

This release sounds nothing like the PNE releases -196C, Neural Transmission and Noised which I know and love. Missing is the better half of the former duo (SM Kalwa) and it shows big time. It would be equivalent to Skinny Puppy losing one of its Kevin's. Pass on this release as it is PNE in name only.

Interesting Release

Correct Track Listing:

1. Maschinen (v2.5)
2. Monoton Synchron (v2.0 Part1 &2)
3. Plastic Fantastic (v2.0)
4. Recal Now (Live Version WGT Leipzig 2003)
5. Neue Welt (Gin Devo Remix)
6. Maschinen (Serpents Remix)
7. Prestigeobjekt (Blutengel Remix)
8. Maschinen (Aiboforcen Remix)
9. Prestigeobjekt (Glis Remix)
10. Monoton Synchron (Technoir Remix)
11. Maschinen (Dunkelwerk Remix)
12. Schlaufmodus 3
13. Schlaufmodus 4

Biography

Formed: 1989

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Plastic Noise Experience was launched in 1989 by Claus Kruse (synths, vocals) and Sm Kalwa (synths). The industrial-dance duo recorded a debut (Transmission) for the Gothic Art label and was then signed...
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