¥022 vromb . emission pilote . lp . 2000 . april 2000
new five track release by vromb. oscillating, minimalistic frequencies, rotating sequences and bubbling technoid sounds describe vromb's special and unique repetitiveness and grant a preview of things to come.
note: this is not an album, at the most a few elements extracted here and there from work intended for a future album called 'episodes". in this work, there is a bifurcation on the sound results of the moment or in the randomness obtained through the steps of transformation of certain usable or non-usable versions. here is, in part, and with a certain similarity, either through the sounds, or through the sequences. a pre-episodic ensemble, a mutant alteration of the album in question.
nevertheless the important suspense creating factor is always imminent. despite the undeniable magic of monotony there is as well the soundtrack-like, dark science fiction atmosphere contributing immensely to taking the listener on a industrial, futuristic trance trip he / she will never forget. needless to say that vromb soundcarriers can be found on playlists of innovative underground (techno) dj's.
furthermore there's growing acceptance in vromb's work having composed score-like tracks for local film documentaries and tv specials as well as having contributed various sequences of music for underground movies already.
welcome to 'emission pilote' - after 'transmodulation a.m.p.', 'le facteur humain' and 'périmètre' a further step ahead in vromb's history, a mature and intelligent work preferably for home use. but decide yourself ...
dj quesako (ascolta - strasbourg). www.b-product.com/speaklouder/disc.phtml
1er maxi de vromb sur ce label, ce disque est bien dans la veine tech-noise indus et même proche de la frénésie. totalement envoûtant, on ne se lasse pas de l'écouter. une pièce maîtresse à ne pas manquer.
re:mote induction. www.remoteinduction.com
emission pilote is the fourth release from canadian vromb, following the two full length releases jeux de terre (tesco) and le facteur humain (ant-zen). like the more recent perimetre, emission pilote is a 5 track release and is not intended as an album. rather, in the manner of a tv series this is a pilot for the full length piece which is to follow. this release is available as two formats - cd on ant-zen and vinyl on hymen . though both have five tracks the fifth track is different - which is partly due to the extra length of segment and the problems that would have caused in pressing the vinyl. appropriately the first track is emission and builds from a reverberating hum. a little wavering building in the buzzing loop. the motion of this piece is slow and it takes a couple of minutes for other solid elements to be worked in. a suggestion of melody and electric signal add to the humming atmosphere. quick glitch and interruption and we have a bark of distortion and overwritten voice. this then moves into the steady pulsing motion of mecaniblock (pilote). its structure very much in keeping with recent works by vromb. unhurried, hypnotic cycles moving through a gradual build. cracks of electric signal provide a percussive level mixing with the pounding aspect of the bass and tinny edges. mecaniblock seems to build steadily though nearly imperceptibly. fading off towards 8 minutes as a blipping signal we continue with the loop of erreur. momentarily suggestive of rain, we have transmission of analogue squeals layering. into which the flat rotary beat pulses circle continuing emission pilote's trance rhythms with a little high and a little blunt. the tones shift in its conclusion, rounder and warmer in their smooth drawn out fade. only to suggest that it could build back up with its constant pulse past 8 minutes. the fourth piece variation et has us straight into the vromb rhythms once more. the variation is in the cycles and the static tips. tighter, higher cycles build into the regular and constant rhythm. the whole seeming to speed up as it attains a dizzying mass. the suggestion that vromb has of being astral and spacey giving this the feel that it is a spinning top - a vessel building rotations for take off. till a little crackle, a sweep of wind and its gone. on the cd version of emission pilote we have the massive segment. which is allowed to build from the first slight tone. electric swirls wander across this thrumming. there is a tin-tin and a distorted chatter of voices. the whole build here accentuating the essential vromb mood and feel - pure atmosphere to start, with rhythms as suggestions. suggestions becoming pitter patter, subliminal pulses building in their background. by 11 minutes the beats are coming thick and steady, almost ritual or tribal in the timbre of their stroke. the building textures and detail enhancing the full audio experience - sitting eyes closed as if the sound is physically all around you. from there it just keeps building in sensation. steadying out again past 16 minutes, creating an even rhythm. progressively slower to 20 minutes and beyond, leading to final conclusion at 24 minutes. while on the vinyl the fifth track is orisation e.g., which at about 8 minutes is considerably shorter. electric signals are high and become focussed in blip streams. the rhythm is centred in the calm pulses. though this then builds to the more rotary form. this has a flatter feel to it but less usual details layer into it. in some ways this has a different feel to the bulk of this ep, and i am suddenly thinking it is actually more in keeping with perimetre.emission pilote continues to explore the sound of vromb. building trance industrial rhythms, with certain pieces building towards a dance floor potential, though not quite going all the way. vromb offer total mood music, if you get that mood then the sound is overwhelming, if you don't then you probably won't quite get vromb.
emission pilote" is continuing the themes suggested on "périmètre", creating unique surroundings that mix structured ambience with dark technoid noises. together with new ah cama-sotz and beefcake it has been one of the most anticipated releases from ant-zen this spring. starting with "périmètre" the band has established themselves as one of the most interesting technoid ambient acts combining strangely addicting elegant minimalistic tracks with appropriate packaging and ideology. first track starts out with minimal frequencies and unstructured pulses - quite similar to the atmosphere on "jeux de terre", but not nearly as dense; modulated transparent electronics quietly hums throughout the whole track. following less atmospheric but still captivating "mechaniblock (pilote)" is a lot more in the vein of "perimetere", emphasizing strong and somewhat straightforward monotonous percussion which is not nearly as dreamy and subdued as on "perimetere", approaching the point where it could be called almost "aggressive". "erreur" is next with strong percussion, but this time backed by a variety of hollow beats, collapsing frequencies, buzzing sounds and piercing static noises. the whole array brings back cold hypnotizing feel of vromb together with a vast number of raw retro-sounding mechanized elements. the track quietly drifts into minimal isolated pulses that lead to the "variation et"; strong percussion backed by more prominent background noises and minimal touches that do not allow it to overshadow the whole track; it is probably the harshest i heard from the band. gradually the tracks are getting longer and longer to result in an epic climax that is "segment" - a 20+ minute masterpiece that pulls together the best elements hinted by previous tracks on this cd. at this point you realize that every previous track before was just a building block for this perfectly constructed composition. dark cinematic passages start the track that persistently and unnoticeably advances showing its different sides to the listener - from unstructured throbbing static to more and more controlled soundscapes with caustic twitches, subliminal progressions, touches of hollow percussion, fading frequencies, bubbling abrasive noises. several times throughout the track you realize that what seemed to be an unchanging pattern has mutated and morphed to something completely different than what it was just a minute ago, yet the sense of continuity and monotony is present in every single moment. sound structures and some of the elements used on "emission pilote" at times remind me of ah cama-sotz, but the resulting atmosphere is quite different - vromb is concerned more with perfecting monotonous soundscapes, building abstract collages and excelling in precise sound manipulations, while ah cama-sotz focuses on building highly emotional and dense environment. "emission pilote" presents minimal exquisite soundscapes for the eclectic listener, a unique cinematic atmospheres captured on record, a dynamic image of random flow of energy hidden within the waves of elegant monochromatic textures; a challenge and a reward for the ones that understand
black ausgabe 20 - sommer 2000
nach dem optisch wie musikalisch überzeugenden pic-10"/3"cd-package 'perimetre' ist 'emission pilote' ein ausblick auf das schon lange angekündigte ‚episodes'-album des kanadischen space-electronikers vromb. das für seine monotonen-blubbernden rhythmussequenzen bekannte projekt überwand ja schon vor jahren mit dem zweiten album ‚le facteur humain' das industrialghetto und begeistert neben techno-dj's auch sci-fi-filmemacher, so daß vromb den soundtrack für eine kanadische fernsehserie schreiben durfte. die 5 tracks der cd bzw. lp sind diesmal etwas minimalistischer, aber dafür noch technoider und tranciger ausgefallen, wobei der jeweils letzte track unterschiedlich ist. der lp-track ‚orisation e.g.' ist gegenüber dem epischen cd-track ‚segment' weitaus pulsierender und treibender, was natürlich auch der tatsache geschuldet ist, daß die lp auf hymen und die rund 50-minütige cd auf ant-zen erscheint! garantiert auch ohne utw-helm ist hörgenuß bzw. trance garantiert! (m.f.)
vromb discography 04.00
jeux de terre. cd. tesco 014 / batarr tar01 [sold out]
transmodulation amp. 7". ant-zen act24 [sold out]
le facteur humain. cd. ant-zen act38
perimetre 3 + 10. picture 10" + 3"cd. ant-zen act101 [sold out]
emission pilote. cd. ant-zen act108 (one different track)
emission pilote. lp. hymen ¥022 (one different track)