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Release of 2019, pro CDR, comes in DVD slim-case.
Meditation Records (Japan), UPD Organization sub-label, run by Ichiro Tsuji (Dissecting table).
Andy Ortmann and the other musicians who have performed and recorded as
Panicsville are no stranger to organic material; as is proudly stated on
the NIHILIST Bandcamp page,
“early shows consisted of pelting the audience with items like dry ice,
meat, blood and insects.” The piles of raw, fatty meat and smattering
of eyeballs that adorn the cover of Eye of the Beholder are
about as repulsively biotic as you can get, but Ortmann’s interest in
the often unsettling mixture of the artificial and the natural doesn’t
end there. In a similar vein to fellow concrète collagers Rudolf Eb.er
or Dave Phillips, Ortmann’s restless, physical compositions occupy a
sort of auditory uncanny valley, where mysterious and unidentifiable
elements mimic the most undignified of human noises a bit too well.
Sticky dragging textures evoke the uncomfortable but familiar sound of
chewing; prepared guitar rattles clack like chattering teeth; saxophone
skronks form wordless, despairing moans. The artwork already implies
that Eye of the Beholder won’t be the most calming listen, but
this dedication to such an abstract, disturbing sonic palette makes for
some truly scary results, yet you’ll be unable to tear your ears away.
Human life is noisy, and—as argued by “4’33” After Death”—the absence of
that life is just as much so.