Wednesday, August 19, 2009

REVIEW: Peter Rehberg - Work For GV 2004-2008

7 out of 10

Peter Rehberg is an electronic a/v producer/wizard based out of Vienna, Austria. He has collaborated with Florian Hecker, Jim O'Rourke, Christian Fennesz, Kevin Drumm, Sunn O))), as well as MANY others. He has also collaborated with various choreographers including Gisele Vienne, which is where the "GV" comes into play for the album's title. "Work For GV 2004-2008" is the music Mr. Rehberg made for various theatrical productions by Gisele Vienne. "Work for.." also features text written and spoken by Dennis Cooper.

Mr. Rehberg, a member of MIMEO, and supplier of all the euphoric/displaced & haunting atmospheres on this release creates austere sounds that resemble something forming from nothing. There are a lot of "found sounds", intrusive tweaks, low-end hums/airy atmospheres, minimal synth arpeggiations, white noises, and other distorted dins that are hard to classify. On top of Peter Rehberg's visionary sound lays Dennis Cooper's haunted spoken words that are more truthful then what they should be at times. If you're looking for something that requires your complete attention as well as something that may get you emotionally involved look no further. Comparable to Fennesz, Ben Frost, Jasper TX, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, etc. File under Electronic/Ambient with touches of Post-Modern brain-wash Psychedelics.

The music may be "abstract", one might even debate calling it "music". However, if my assumptions are correct, it was meant to be seen/heard live with a full on theatrical production to back it up. I know this won't be for all, but I am sure electronic/ambient music fans will rejoice over Peter Rehberg's disturbingly bleak electric metaphors. This album has the ability to make you respect the life you have been given a little more..(see track ML3)

Standout Tracks: Black Holes, ML3 (is your life really this bad?), Boxes & Angels (this could go on forever), Final Jerk

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