from Aquarius Records.
ZEH, JASON "A Vacant Lot To Be In"
"The resurgence of the cassette as a viable media may provide an
additional context for the work of Jason Zeh, as his gritty drone-noise
constructions are entirely based on the contact points between magnetic
tape and the tape heads that read / translate that magnetic information
into sound. His approach to sound often deals with the dis...location
of this contact point, which is akin to the way that Christian Marclay,
Gum, or Phillip Jeck approach the turntable. Zeh might wield sandpaper
to abrade the tape itself, magnetized razor blades to slice the tapes,
leaving irradiated coronas of electrical hum near the edit, and even
smearing globs of dirt into the gears and mechanics of the tape deck.
All of these very tactile methods impart very tactile results, and as
such, A Vacant Lot To Be In is much more akin to Chop Shop's obliterated
tape saturation than the somber self-immolation found on William
Basinski's Disintegration Loops. Both tracks on this vinyl only release
rise through scabrous crumplings into a steady arcing mass of
high-voltage dronework whose phase shifting patterns give the impression
of an electrified sea of ferric oxide churning through tidal forces.
One of the sides builds towards an intense crescendo of turbulent,
boiling, junked noise, while the flip eerily navigates an insectoid
minimalism. Zeh's work is very strong and deserves as much acclaim as we
can muster, especially given his relatively low profile. Highly
recommended for fans Joe Colley, Hive Mind, Mike Shiflet, and the more
industrially slanted aspects of contemporary sound art. Oh yeah, limited
to just 300 copies."