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Mitten [State] Transmissions

by Various Artists

The fourth benefit release by WHFR, the non-commercial, volunteer-run radio station broadcasting 24/7 from Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan at 89.3fm on the dial to the Detroit area and streaming to the world on the net at http://whfr.fm
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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1. Acid Bath Mammal
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2. Anti-lock Breaks Delta Waves
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3. Candy Coated Laughter The W-vibe
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4. City Light Reflects Down From a Cloud Canopy Matt Borghi
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5. D.a.s. Electric Bear
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6. Elektronaut Little Princess
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7. Expulsion Hive Mind
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8. Fighting for Stability Point Towards Texas
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9. Frst Mvmnt Dld Rchstr
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10. Fortre Spoke Nine
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11. Gator Bait Tea (A Reworking of Gator Bait) What Would Jason Do?
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12. Green Channel (Live @ Wcbn) Esmae
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13. Grids Metal Dungeon
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14. Hidden Grotto C. Draheim
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15. Lethe, River of Slumber Gygax
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16. Live At Whfr Little Princess
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17. Memory Trace Pbk Vs Govt Alpha
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18. Myths of the Near Future Windy + Carl
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19. No One Will Ever Make Me Feel This Way Again Fred Thomas
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20. One Mike Redux Kalkaska
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21. Pale Flesh Neuntoter Der Plage
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22. Plague Rats in the Sewer Vein Honeymuzzle
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23. Ryz 'N Fall Allan Bryant
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24. Silver Keys Terror At the Opera
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25. Singing Bowl Steven Curtin
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26. Skunk Wolf Eyes
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27. Slogslump Frankie & the S.e.m.m.
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28. Snakedog Featuring Tomorrowland Frank Pahl
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29. Sound Without Focus Is Just Noise Simpleconstantone.drof
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30. Spaced Out Gravity Versus Anti-matter
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31. Taken By the Mermaid Wavemakers Detroit
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32. The Whole System Collapses Rattling Wall Collective
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33. Tired of Being God Part 0 Black Tent
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34. To Memorials & Labors (Featuring Dr. Plasmodius) Rough Muffin
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35. Underscores and Asterisks Eric Cook
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36. Unfizzy Sweater
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37. Untitled Cotton Museum
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38. Upon the Day Before Your Birthday Farmer in the Sky
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39. Valkyrian Resurrection Jennifer Wolski
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40. Vaudeville Overture Music The Hearing Trumpet
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41. Vb2004_1 Verzerren Vs. Bubblegone
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42. Vb2004_2 Verzerren Vs. Bubblegone
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43. Violin & Microphone Jason Voss
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44. Wanda and Unemployment In Triplicate
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45. Wmd Will Soderberg
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46. Xanadoo 2 Viki
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
M[S]T is a 4CD + Bonus DVD-R collection of Experimental/Noise/Electronic/Space Rock from Michigan benefiting Dearborn/Detroit’s 89.3 WHFR.FM (http://whfr.fm).


Bonus DVD-R (2HR 43MIN) featuring live performances by:

Andrew Coltrane w/ Chris Petersen
Andrew Coltrane
Metal Dungeon
Black Egg
Black Tent
Cotton Museum
Matt Borghi Ensemble
Hive Mind
Dead Machines
Neuma (featuring Reznic9 and PBK)


Four CDs (46 tracks, 4HR 44MIN) features:

Allan Bryant (of MEV)
black tent
C.Draheim
cotton museum
Delta Waves
Dld rchstr
Electric Bear
Eric Cook
esmae
Farmer In The Sky
Frank Pahl w/ Tomorrowland
Frankie & The S.E.M.M.
Fred Thomas
Gravity versus Anti-Matter
Gygax
THE HEARING TRUMPET
hive mind
Honeymuzzle
In Triplicate
Jason Voss
jennifer wolski
Kalkaska
Little Princess
Mammal
Matt Borghi
Metal Dungeon
Neuntoter Der Plage
PBK vs Govt. Alpha
point towards texas
rattling wall collective
Rough Muffin w/ Dr. Plasmodius
simpleconstantone.drof
spokeNine (aka Jason Jay Stevens) of Potter-Belmar Labs
Steven Curtin
sweater
Terror At The Opera
verzerren vs. bubblegone
viki
The W-Vibe
Wavemakers Detroit
what would jason do?
will soderberg
windy + carl w/ andrew
Wolf Eyes




The fourth benefit release by WHFR, the non-commercial, volunteer-run radio station broadcasting 24/7 from Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan at 89.3fm on the dial to the Detroit area and streaming to the world on the internet at http://whfr.fm.




The following review is from Detroit's Metro Times.
Links for additional reviews can be found at:
http://topqualityrockandroll.com/MST.htm

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Mitten [State] Transmissions
Top Quality Rock & Roll
Review by Mark Richardson
Metro Times, 7/12/2006

STABBED IN THE EAR
A box set’s noisy history lesson

In 1981 Lester Bangs wrote a piece called "A Reasonable Guide to Horrible Noise" that explained his attraction to abrasive scree thusly: "There are many here among us for whom the life force is best represented by the livid twitching of one tortured nerve, or even a full-scale anxiety attack." It’s a good one-sentence explanation for why some are drawn to music that sounds like something OSHA guidelines would suggest heavy-duty ear protection for.
Bangs also knew that noisy music is something that Michigan happens to be very good at. There’s a tradition here, stretching back at least to the MC5 and the Stooges, of artists who like to tap-dance on the precipice of tonality. In the last dozen years, the persistence of tiny underground labels like Bulb (which helped shepherd darlings of the indie underground Wolf Eyes) and Chondritic has kept Michigan on the global noise map. Running in parallel is the perennial space rock scene, nurtured by Windy & Carl and their Dearborn shop Stormy Records, where the drones of Eno and Pink Floyd meet the endless machine rhythms of krautrock.

Despite the large number of artists working in these spheres, it’s still pretty esoteric stuff, with records often issued on handmade CD-Rs limited to 100 copies or less. However, a survey for the curious with appeal to the faithful has arrived in the form of Mitten [State] Transmissions. This 4-CD, DVD box pulls together a huge range of exclusive and rare material from Michigan’s underground, and it can be had for cheap, with all proceeds benefiting Henry Ford Community College’s student-run station, 89.3 WHFR-FM.

What’s immediately striking about M[S]T is the variety of sound heard across its 46 tracks. Though well over half can fairly be described as either noise or dark ambient, this selection puts the lie to the common complaint that "It all sounds the same." Dearborn power electronics project Mammal opens the set with the sinus-clearing blast of "Acid Bath," but the mood shifts down immediately to the ethereal "Anti-Lock Breaks" by Delta Waves — which sounds like a Popol Vuh score to a lost Werner Herzog film — and then to the playful 8-bit electro of W-Vibe’s "Candy Coated Laughter." This 1-2-3 punch sets the tone for the box, but doesn’t lay out the genre proportions; noise still predominates, and you need an ear for abstract texture to appreciate the set as a whole.

Cherry-picking a few of the highlights, Kalkaska’s extremely lo-fi guitar and sample collage "One Mike Redux" transmits on the same crackly frequency as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, with a similarly poignant inversion of AM radio gold. "City Light Reflects Down from a Cloud Canopy" from East Lansing’s Matt Borghi channels the icy deep-space darkness of Robert Rich. And Windy & Carl team up with Andrew Coltrane for the metallic drone of "Myths Of the Near Future," which recalls their earlier, more psychedelic material. Meanwhile, the two tracks from Warn Defever’s Little Princess project range from a short snippet of horribly overdriven drum machine ("Elektronaut") to a brooding free-form electronics exploration in the vein of Throbbing Gristle recorded live at the WHFR studios.

Unless you’re the kind of person who looks forward to microphone feedback at live gigs, you might want to keep a finger near the skip button when browsing these discs. The impressive breadth of the set has the inevitable downside — depending on your taste, at least a third of Mitten [State] Transmissions will range from dull to possibly offensive. Noise music, even for its devotees, tends to be a small-dose thing, a palette cleanser in world of carefully manicured sound. But as a sonic menu of mania and exploratory sound, M[S]T contains some truly impressive work in the noise field, with no sacrifice in quality accompanying its geographic restriction.

The oldest cut on Mitten [State] Transmissions is from Allan Bryant of the early electronic music legends Musica Elettronica Viva. His "RYZ ’n Fall," a piece for prepared guitar from 1967, sounds like a swarm of radioactive bees dancing out a map to a pollen-saturated meadow. Bryant was raised in Detroit, but this track (and his work as part of MEV) was recorded in Italy. The inclusion of a hometown boy of the avant-garde nicely illustrates the long reach of Michigan’s experimental music scene. Adventurous ears the world over are seeking out fringe artists from our own back yard, and this rich collection does its best and noisiest to explain why.


From METRO TIMES
http://metrotimes.com/editorial/review.asp?id=109424


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