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023 imminent synapscape . screenwalking . lp . 33rpm . april 2000.



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'imminent starvation is dead - long live imminent'. by far the most surprising project over the last two years, imminent now strikes again on a collaboration ep with the highly acclaimed synapscape.

'screenwalking' is the conclusion and essence of state-of-the-art rhythmic power electronic noise featuring eight tracks combining imminent's twisted metal, mass confusion, agony, chaos and penetrating coldness with synapscape's energetic force, harsh rhythms and multilayered distortion.

'screenwalking' is the perfect balance between heavy processed percussion and noise manipulation, the next step in the evolution of both bands. imminent and synapscape both perfectly combine their familiar elements to an overall sound resulting in something completely different and unique. sit back and enjoy.


dj quesako (ascolta - strasbourg). www.b-product.com/speaklouder/disc.phtml
collaboration réussie entre 2 figure emblématiques de la scène industrielle : imminent (starvation) qui ne se nomme plus que imminent tout court et synapscape. ce maxi contient une énergie incroyable. une fois libérée, cette énergie vous transporte et vous ne vous en sortirez pas indemne !

recycle your ears. www.recycleyourears.com
right before leaving europe for their short american tour in march 2000, two of the most prominent acts on ant-zen have recorded and released this collaboration ep. "screenwalking" is not the first collaboration between the two projects, since they already had released a split remix ep, a couple of years ago. "screenwalking" goes further, however, since the two bands actually met to record these height tracks. i would say that this ep bears most the mark of imminent (yes, there is no "starvation" anymore) than synapscape's. first, the tracks are instrumental and, then, they flow with imminent fast and chaotic touch. the sounds used here are very noisy, at least far noisier than what synapscape usually does. what the two guys from this project have added seems to be the crunchiness of the beats and the fact that the rhythms are less repetitive, less techno-like, than on imminent's music. the result is complex and very noisy, with a lot of distortion and statics spread all over the cd. with the exception of "warc", all the songs are violent and up-paced. imminent and synapscape are two excellent bands, and this collaboration is extremely interesting for anybody into rhythmical noise. however, i find the music on this ep quite hard to listen to. it's absolutely not as catchy as the latest works of both bands (except maybe for "uatio", very danceable). this may come from the fact that every track is quite close to the other ones, or maybe it is because of the very chaotic feeling of the whole. to conclude, very interesting sound and lobotomy guaranteed, but not as great as their respective works. for everybody that saw this bands live in america, the sounds of this ep is quite close to what imminent played on stage and, of course, of what he did with the guys of synapscape at the end of each show, except that the cd contains less use of feedbacks and very high sounds

re:mote induction. www.remoteinduction.com
following the previous remix 10" picture disc by imminent starvation and synapscape we have the 8 track ep screenwalking. screenwalking a collaboration to accompany the recent touring by synapscape and the renamed imminent. with the completion of the tours screenwalking is now generally available - as a cd from ant-zen and 12" from hymen, though both versions have the same tracks. screenwalking starts with the easy ominousness of eval. creaking and rubble filled sounds quickly overwhelmed by the bristling rhythm of both bands. through this we can hear a vocal sample, which sounds similar to that from imminent's tentack. following that comes the snipping form of genebiel with its bristly synapscape bass and spiking imminent percussion. solid, consistent intensity - creating a certain malevolently catchy vibe. from the fade and sigh we have the looping trigger beats of alea. bass is up and down while the constant crackles in a surprisingly subdued and relentless form. sabre hums, little strokes delivered into the rising fluctuations of this wonderful minimalism. slow imminent beats build into the sustained minimalism. this then forms solid electro rhythms ringed with a synapscape quality. sturdy and dynamic this is a stand out piece without a doubt - from its start through to finish. spiralling rotations lead to the interrupted patterns of tors. peaks jag in inconsistent technoid distortions. while beneath this atmospheres sigh and shift - smooth contrast. bass works between the two extremes as a sine wave of regularity. connection and ignition - crackle and hum - thus comes warc. blips challenging the moment of connection, leading to a quick distorted voice. a metallic beat intones gong like against a lapping surf. warc has the fee of meditative experimentation, demonstrating the more explorative aspects of these bands and reminding of sabre's first stages. momentary clean blips lead to a looping voice sample and crackling synapscape ferocity. the voice sounds like some one saying "bullshit" or "push it", but it is ultimately unclear. uatio has a strong rhythm which lends it a strong club potential - damned catchy. leaving the conclusion of aigre, slow slide into twisting physical gyrations. spiking bodily jerks in smooth paths of continuity. this captures the sense of much of screenwalking's material - upbeat in some ways but with a central unfussed easiness. the most in your face elements of aigre stem from synapscape while the imminent influence works across/within that sensation. playing out to slow conclusion it has become clear that i have been neglecting screenwalking by not having listened to it a lot more often. certain tracks stand out more than others in the way that upbeat in your face pieces usually will. but there are subtle and experimental moments here and through the course we can clearly feel the influence of both bands. for me the immediate stand out tracks are genebial, sabre and uatio. though both tors and the subtle experiments of warc stand out with this listen

seven. www.nezzwerk.com/seven
when i first heard about the collaboration between imminent (formerly known as "imminent starvation") and synapscape, i tried to picture the resulting sound as a mix of both crunchiness of imminent starvation and percussion-heavy sound of synapscape. "screenwalking" turned out to be the next step in evolution of both bands; you can hear the elements that are familiar from their previous work, but overall sound is something completely different and unique. by far, "screenwalking" has been one of the more mature and impressive releases in this genre; reaching incredible complexity level and creating dense sound, where no matter how noisy the music is, the separate elements do not create the cluttered feeling. the sound manipulation and diversity of elements used will satisfy any eclectic listener. multiple layers of percussion - ranging from brutal compressed distorted beats to saturated background bass - possess enough force to be compared with most violent material from both bands. the sound is not simplistic like it was on axiome's "rictus" and not as "dirty" as some of the early synapscape work. it is amazing how perfect the balance is between layered noise manipulations and heavy processed percussion that blends perfectly into the mix. "genebiel" catches your attention from very beginning with sharp explosive sound. no simple beats, but several layers of saturated dense percussion overlaid with myriad of perfectly arranged crunchy noises, twisted analog bleeps, hisses, vibrations. being one of the most energetic tracks on the disk, it still does not oppress the listener on "sabre" slow ambience is evolving into mechanized rhythm with powerful technoid percussion driving the track into the depths of controlled chaos. corroded collapsing frequencies add a darker edge to the track, and pulsing waves of sound do not cease till the very end. "aigre" is another perfect blend of homogeneous atmospheres and powerful percussion. addition of cold atmospheric elements seems to "extend" the sound adding new dimensions. "eval" features solid, monolithic sound with high-pitched twisted squeals that imminent starvation was famous for; dark atmospheric beginning suddenly explodes into heavy, seemingly repetitive rhythm. the beats turn, twist and change unexpectedly trading places with waves and waves of harsh percussion. this release put together the best elements of rhythmic power electronics and should be considered an absolute _must_ in every "power electro for dummies" course

kortex webzine : http://kortex.n3.net
une collaboration à première vue intéressante entre ces deux formations passées maîtres dans l'art du 'power noise'. et pour avoir du noise, il y en a, peut-être trop même ! l'idée de réunir ces personnes est certes louable, mais ne fait pas forcément avancer le shmilblick. ça ressemble à certains moments à du bidouillage à la sauvette. peut-être un manque de temps est-il à l'origine du résultat (se sont-ils seulement rencontrés ?) ? d'accord, je suis un peu dur avec ce vinyle, il y a quand même quelques bons moments, mais ce maxi ne fera pas date dans l'histoire de ces deux groupes. uniquement pour les fans ou les collectionneurs ! fabien caestecker

metamorphic. www.softwatch.freeserve.co.uk
subtlety? forget it. this is full on rhythmic music distorted in a handful of different ways. lots of diversity to the fast, driving rhythms, but overall the sound is overdriven (not unlike a lot of regis's material, and only a tad milder than aphex twin's "ventalin"). industrial by default, but otherwise a techno derivative sound, owing as much to autechre as it does to the noise fraternity. the variety to the actual rhythms is quite diverse and each white / grey blast is cannily separated from the next to maintain a clarity which constantly threatens to collapse into total war. there's enough drive on tracks like "uatio" to force you to dance - it's insistant and unrelenting.

earpollution. www.earpollution.com
celebrating a full hundred releases under the furious ant moniker as well as the successful power electronics assault of america this past march, ant-zen put olivier moreau (operating under his recently truncated imminent [starvation] persona) and the two lads from synapscape into a studio shortly before they went on tour and had them bang out eight tracks of fused sonics. traditionally, the term "bang out" has pejorative connotations, but in this case the threesome literally banged these tracks out of their equipment, wrestled them and tied them down with live spikes of electricity, and force-fed them through the electron equivalent of a meat grinder. as evidenced by his improvised live set, imminent is exploring broad soundscapes of splintering noise, leaving the beat influence on this ep to be the responsibility of synapscape. the combined efforts are thick jackhammering rhythms buried beneath thick fields of churning static with short-wavelength drones scurrying back and forth in the middle distance. this is einstürzende neubauten before they forgot how to make noise blended with all the snarling industrial beatbox that front line assembly ever aspired to be; all this forced beneath heavy atmospherics as if scooped from the surface of venus and ladled into your ear canals. ant-zen continues to push back the limit of music with their relentless assault on the outer fringes of technoid rhythms.

final man @ electroage. http://electroage.lowlife.com
after the much-talked about new name of imminent starvation, now under the short moniker of imminent; many people wanted new material from the oliver mureau's project. there is and you will be pleased. paired with the prolific synapscape, the screenwalking ep embrace the perfect balance of each act's much-loved characteristics. heavy processed percussion and impressive noise manipulations; screenwalking is somehow unique as both bands are in a perfect fusion instead of delivering an half-imminent, half-synapscape product. the seven tracks found on this ep is a rousing success where fans of both bands will find their own pleasure particularly in the intense noise tapestry of sabré and the powerful and complex rhythmic noise attack of uatio. this alliance between the new imminent and synapscape is excellent and certainly beyond what fans were expecting. with screenwalking we can only wish that this unique collaboration is simply a first step to an upcoming full-length album. let's hope.