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¥779 defrag. lament element. cd. october2k9.



till it disappeared *.mp3
long horrible shadows *.mp3
the stones *.mp3
madness rides the star wind *.mp3
the old growth *.mp3
infinitely old *.mp3
infinitely horrible *.mp3
tommy *.mp3
element l1 *.mp3
color my dreams *.mp3
pale shotguns *.mp3
worrit betrake *.mp3
carrion signal *.mp3


design by menno fokma +

'lament element' presents a dynamic collision of power electronic styles. crushing distorted beats, lush melodic soundscapes, and massive sub-basses collide with idm edits and dubstep grooves. a perfect bridge
between the distorted aggressiveness of drum'n'bass and idm's complexity. imagine scorns minimalist grooves on speed overdosed with dubstep injections. riding eclectic curves between styles, jeff dodson
calls into battle an assortment of punishingly heavy tunes, boosting the tension and emotion to unimaginable dimensions. "the title itself literally means 'the reason to sing for the dead'. although not a
literal application to anything, i intended it as a question: 'what's the reason people write passionate music?' that and a name should just sounds great." (defrag). indeed it does, try it!

in 2000, jeff dodson and matt flego created an industrial/noise experiment called bitstorm. as the duo started playing out more and more, they eventually gained the attention of several record labels and decided to make invisible records their first home. as production on their first full-length album 'self construct' began, jeff and matt decided from that point forward to pen their work under the name defragmentation. 'self construct' received critical acclaim from all over the globe and soon the duo developed a hardcore cult following, and the fan given name of defrag. in winter of 2004, matt flego departed defrag to explore other paths, and soon after his departure, jeff found himself at a crossroad. he could either shut the project down and continue his budding career in motion graphics, or he could take a chance and keep defrag going. committed and very stubborn, he decided to do both. in 2004 jeff picked up the project and moved to los angeles where he continued doing motion graphics and simultaneously built his own home studio and library or personal audio work. he left invisible records in the hope of starting fresh.

soon after relocating, jeff decided to expand his motion graphic business ( to also include sound design and music composition ( by using the same signature sound that made defrag unique and applying it to his commercial work, jeff soon had a line of 'a-list' companies and corporations begging for his music to be in their projects. before too long jeff’s music was popping up in ad campaigns, video games, and theaters for such clients as nike, g4 tv, ferrari, jägermeister and philips, as well as projects like x-men 3 the official game, and the massively successful legend of zelda film trailer. he was invited to speak at one of the most successful motion graphics and music festivals in the world, the offf festival in 2009.
during this time jeff redefined his own music and the music of defrag. finally, in 2009 jeff decided it was time to get back in the music industry and was recruited by hymen records, where he releases the first defrag album in five years.


a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's webpage:

connexion bizarre
lament element is the latest offering from jeff dodson. the release is a versatile assault of heavy distortion, ethereal strings and chaotic beats. the first song, "till it disappeared", introduces this album perfectly with low rumbling basses and ominous strings amidst choppy breaks and weeping pads. "long horrible shadows" kicks up the bpm-count with glitched technically efficient beatwork and distorted basslines. "the stones" eases in slowly to pull back and slug you in the jaw with sporadic breaks and a slick d'n'b influenced bass pulling below the reverbed samples. "madness rides the star wind" is a loose, experimental drum struggling against strings and "the old growth" creeps with low strings like a home invader as the beat races with an increased heart rhythm. "infinitely old" is an experiment in synthetic drum work starting as a loose hiss to a sporadic structure sliding effortlessly into the next song, "infinitely horrible", this latter piece jolting with heavily distorted stabs and somber strings intersecting the hard breaks. the next song, "tommy", is a hard steppin' "rosemary's baby" - it stomps with fx-heavy breaks and percussive ambience to finish you off at 2 minutes with a layer of sweeping low synths. "element l1" is an intermission of slow, lulling choir and sighing pads and it's follow-up, "color my dreams", is a stuttering masterpiece of slap happy drums, perfectly placed samples, strings and a hint of meat beat manifesto influences. picking up the pace again, enter: "pals shotgun", a song which is classic d'n'b-style with some style; paced low synths, tonal electronic clicks, precise drum insertion, 16-bit synth goodness. "worrit betrake" is experimental drums at their finest, speeding up and slowing down like manic traffic listening to idm. "carrion signal" rips your subwoofer to shreds, cranking up slowly and then letting the beats fly like shrapnel - it carefully closes the album by slowing down to an experimental ambience of distortion and electronic chirps. "lament/element" is a perfect chaos of mood and mode of expression, ranging from dnb to glitch/experimental to ambient orchestral grandeur - an album which is a must have for fans of intelligent electronics. this will be a return selection in my collection showing wear and tear of multiple repeat cycles in my stereo. (james church)

chroniques electroniques
l'américain jeff dodson forme le duo defragmentation avec son comparse matt flego. lorsqu'il est séparé de son alter ego, il prend le nom de defrag. les goûts de ce monsieur vont du glitch au heavy metal, en passant par l'indus et le dark-ambient. c'est sur le pointu hymen records que paraît son premier réel effort en solo. l'artwork donne plus qu'envie d'y plonger en apnée. on va bien voir... disons le tout de suite. lament element est un des dix meilleurs disque de l'année pour qui aime les fusions idm et industrielles. il y a même des effluves dubstep et dark-ambient bienvenues qui s'égrainent sur ce magistral album. selon nos informations, cet opus aurait été inspiré par les écrits du plus brillant auteur américain spécialisé dans l'épouvante, howard phillips lovercraft. le résultat est plus que réussi car ce disque est réellement terrifiant. orfèvre des modulators, génie de la boite à rythme, esthète de l'orchestration, defrag livre ici un véritable diamant noir. on se délecte des rencontres entre les rythmiques syncopées et les larsens de violons ou de violoncelles qui ajoutent une originalité certaine et accentuent le "concept de lamentation". horreur virtuelle et réalité se croisent et se confondent avec une délicieuse ambiguïté. on a parfois le sentiment d'être enfermé dans le tambour d'une machine à laver lancée à une vitesse anormale. bizarrement, on a pas vraiment envie d'en sortir. des ronflements de guitares saturées renforcent le côté apocalyptique souhaité, tous comme les samples de vieux films d'horreur où les voix sont gentiment trafiquées. tout cela maintient l'auditeur dans une attentive captivité. les mécanismes de déconstruction et l'affinage des textures ont quant à eux quelque chose de génialement bouleversant. lament element est un album qui donne envie de détruire quelque chose de beau pour mieux le sublimer en retour. le magnifique et l'horrible se jaugent et se côtoient avant de s'unir, ce disque résulte de ce mariage inquiétant mais génial. l'écoute de till it tisappeared, long horrible shadows, tommy, color my dreams ou du diptyque infinitely old/horrible devrait vous convaincre de vous procurer cet objet par tous les moyens. parce que trop de superlatifs tuent l'effet souhaité, je vais m'en aller souiller des pages d'une marée bien noire et vous souhaiter bon cauchemar. defrag et hymen records réalisent ici bien plus qu'un tour de force, un chef d'oeuvre absolu. (ed loxapac)


discography 10.2k9:
defragmentation. self construct. cd. underground inc. ui 1020. 2002
defrag vs. pigface. 8bithead. cd. underground inc. uin 1090. 2004
defrag. lament element. cd. hymen records ¥779. 2009

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