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Virtual Sound Images

by Out Out

A departure from the more 'rock' aspects of Out Out, Virtual Sound Images is perhaps best described as 'clubbier' - yet it still retains the complexity of layering and textures that are a hallmark of Out Out.
Genre: Electronic: Industrial
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1. Techno Is Alive And Well, Techno Has Left The Building
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2. Virtual Sound Images
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3. Opto-Coupler
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4. Function And Behave (Computer Day)
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5. Rememory
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6. Forestry For The Thieves
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7. Ampex, My Ampex
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8. Learning English In N.Y.C.
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9. Shut It Off!!!
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10. Disconnect
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Virtual Sound Images is a bit of a departure from the more traditional 'rock' aspects of Out Out. Principally instrumental, quite dancable, yet very detailed and layered, this first new album in years shows Mark Alan Miller's willingness to stretch out and try new things.

The first of two instrumental records slated for release in 2006, V.S.I. is the more upbeat, lighter-spirited of the two, showing a sense of humor and levity often missing in the techno/industrial music scene.

The sound of V.S.I. is not easily categorised, due in part to a wide range of styles, yet the album is still quite cohesive, and should appeal to a large cross-section of industrial/electronic music lovers.

The CD also features two videos as bonus CD-ROM material.

Out Out is a pioneering Industrial/Electronic/Rock band, mentored by Tackhead and often compared to earlier NIN, mid-period Ministry and sometimes Skinny Puppy. Originally signed to Tackhead member Skip McDonald's label Axis, then later to Metropolis Records.

Now running their own label, Radio Valkyrie Records, Out Out is celebrating a new era for independent music.

We strongly encourage people to legally download and purchase independent releases, and to spread the word about their favorite artists. This makes it possible for independent labels and artists to continue bringing original and innovative music to the world.

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M195 Assassin Machine

Didn't know what to expect, but loved what I got.
The growth heard in Voiceprint continues here, although along a different, more electronic path. Not easily categorized as Industrial, maybe not even “Lite Industrial”, but very ambient throughout. More accurately, Virtual Sound Images sometimes borders on Trance, Breakbeat, and/or Drum and Bass making it good ‘chill out music’ or ‘driving music’ aside from being just a good album in general (much of which reminds me of stuff that might be found on MTV’s AMP back in the day).

Sonically speaking, everything is crisp, nicely mixed, and nurtured. Song structure and arrangement has vastly improved even beyond the much improved aforementioned Voiceprint. Nothing comes off as too repetitive, not only because of the well thought out song progression of each track, but because different samples and synthesizers are used from beginning to end. Also to be noted is the great drum programming. Since there are no growling guitars or harsh synth leads to hide behind, percussion is front and center, and delivered well.

I believe that if one can get past the initial “Where are the guitars?!!” state of shock they will enjoy this album for what it’s supposed to be; because although different, Mark Alan Miller’s signatures are all over this release. Everything is just as thickly layered as ever and the use of dialog samples is still prominent, if not more so than any of the previous releases. Different sure, but in some ways, this might just be Out Out's best work yet!!! Very, very well put together as a whole-- not just the music... the artwork, the way the CD progresses (when listened to in it’s entirety the album plays like one moody songscape), the videos, everything. (And the price tag can't be beat! For $10 you get nearly an hour of music and two music videos. Not bad, not bad at all.)

The bottom line is: this is a great album that showcases a vast deal of growth and makes me anxious to see what Out Out will sound like if and when returning to its Industrial Rock roots. But hey, even if this is the future for Out Out, I can live with that too.

Give this one a chance or at least download a couple of singles from the Radio Valkyrie Digital download shop. (Personal suggestions would be Function And Behave (Computer Day), Virtual Sound Images, and/or Shut It Off!!!) On top of that, there are lo-res videos for Learning English In N.Y.C. and Rememory (if you can find it) available for you to check out at the Out Out homepage, and a couple of tracks in their entirety are always streaming at Myspace. More than enough content to persuade you to purchase this album I’m sure. Try it. I’m almost certain you’ll be glad you did.

lhm1138

Out Out kicks it old school...
Mark Miller is back....with a vengeance. One of the things I always loved about Out Out material was that you never got the same album twice...there was always alot of progression. This cd is no different. I do miss MM's pointed lyrics and vocals, but this cd was a satisfying addition none-the-less, and vocals wouldn't have really worked for this material. Standout tracks are Rememory, My Ampex, and Learning English in NYC.