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Deathprod: Morals and Dogma/Treetop Drive/Imaginary Songs from Tristan Da Cunha/Reference Frequencies Box set

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  • Audio CD (11 Dec 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rune Grammofon
  • ASIN: B000294U7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Reference Frequencies #3
2. 6:15
3. Recording The Jurg Mager Trio: La Luna
4. Recording The Jurg Mager Trio: A Shortcut To The Stars
5. Reference Frequencies # 7
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Treetop Drive 1
2. Treetop Drive 2
3. Treeptop Drive 3
4. Towboat
Disc: 3
1. Burntwood
2. Stony Beach
3. Hotentott Gulch
4. Boatharbour Bay
5. The Contraceptive Briefcase II
Disc: 4
1. Tron
2. Dead People's Things
3. Orgone Donor
4. Cloudchamber

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David on 23 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
There is plenty of factual information on the Rune Grammefon website about the history and work of Deathprod, so I won't go in to details here. Instead, let me to tell you that the music contained in this beautifully packaged box set has a transcendental magisty to it. What at first may just seem like some quite pleasant and interesting droning noise takes on new significance with repeated listens, as one begins to hear all the nuances of this record. It's not an easy listen, requiring a bit of work, but this is not a chore, and is not really a matter of concentration - merely time. My suggestion is to take one of the cds, put it on loop, and listen to it without interuption, with as few sonic disturbances as possible. And relax. Having done this, you are likely to arrive in a state of what can really only described as a medidation. And oh, how beautiful it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on 20 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this compilation as I own all the Biosphere CD's and I was very impressed with Nordheim Transformed with Biosphere and Deathprod. Warning - if you are a Biosphere fan this sounds nothing like them! It is troubled, difficult and dark stuff. At the same time it can be hypnotic and beautiful. I have mixed emotions about this box set. Part of me thinks ' turn this annoying drivel off' whilst the other part finds it addictive and mesmorising. If you buy it, you will not forget it in a hurry.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
deep and darkdarkdark 4 Aug 2004
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although I'm not as huge of a fan of Supersilent as some, I have to admit my intrigue for the artist simply known as Helge Sten. A member and producer of Supersilent, he also records under the name Deathprod (which was originally the name of his own underground cassette label) and until this year hadn't released any material on CD despite having been working on the creation of different sounds for nearly the past 10 years. With this 4CD self-titled boxset, he lays bare almost 3 hours of music that range from simple frequency experiments to what is some of the deepest, darkest ambient music I've ever heard.

Housed in a matte black box devoid any significant markings and packaged in digipacks of nearly the same quality, the Deathprod boxset looms like a mini-monolith from the movie 2001 One could even view it as a sort of visual representation of Sten's famous "audio virus," a black box (hole) that swallows pure sound and releases it somewhere, anywhere in a completely altered form.

Reference Frequencies is the first disc of the release and covers work from the period of 1991-2001. After opening with the buzzing "Reference Frequencies #3," the disc moves into "6:15," a track mixing a spoken-word poem mixing with very subtle swells of haunting background ambience. The two-part "Recording The Jürg Mager Trio" are even more strange, sounding like improvised Hammond Organ pieces. The disc closes with the beautiful "Dora 3" after a trio of "Reference Frequency" tracks that again make their mark with feedback and noise.

Treetop Drive, recorded during the years of 1993-1994 is an enormous step up from the first disc in terms of both sonics and ideas. The three-part album-titled track is an absolutely stunning triptych of manipulated violin that moves from section to section (slow and swelling to piercing and then back to dark and swarming) with an amazing amount of ease and pushes the limits of one instrument and the sounds it can make. "Towboat" closes the disc with pinched ripples of low-end feedback and the effect is something like listening to whale songs while enclosed in a block of ice.

While it's interesting in theory and for tactile reasons, the first part of the third disc of Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha is also probably the least interesting. After recording and manipulating the sounds of violin, Sten then had the tracks transferred to phonograph cylinders, creating lo-fidelity copies of the original that crackle and wheeze with the last breathes of life. The tracks only comprise about 8 minutes of the disc, though (at only about 2 minutes apiece, the life span of a phonograph cylinder), and the final track of "The Contraceptive Briefcase II" more than makes up for any weaknesses. A thirty-minute plus epic constructed from bowed glass, violin, and vocals, the track is a very slowly evolving descent into an otherworldly place. In short, it's one of the more genuinely creepy tracks I've ever heard.

Morals And Dogma is the fourth disc in the boxset and also the only one to be made available on it's own. Created between 1994-2000, it's the work that's the most realized in terms of overall construction. "Tron" opens the disc with very subtle washes of deep drones while "Dead People's Things" mixes a looped and decaying violin with more deep murmurs for a track that at 20 minutes doesn't even sound nearly long enough. It's astoundingly beautiful and incredibly mournful at the same time. "Orgone Donor" is more layered violin and might be one of the brighter tracks on the entire set (sounding downright hopeful at times) while "Cloudchamber" closes out the release (and the set) with another series of heady subterranean sweeps.

Out of the 4CDs in the set, I'd have to say that my favorites are easily Treetop Drive and Morals And Dogma, but there are so many great moments located within the set that it's hard to pick them all out. As mentioned above, this is deep, dark listening, and even though this is what many would consider minimal music, there's by no means a shortage of things going on within. This will be on my year-end list.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
an unsettling wonder for Susanna 27 Jan 2008
By G. HIGGINS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Helge Sten's decade was most fruitful, as these discs evince. While so much of the technical and theoretical underpinnings of this vast genre (alternatively called electronic, experimental, techno, ambient, drone, etc) are American, the artists who digested its lessons most fully during the past two generations have been from Europe, and particularly Scandinavian. From the US we have Moogs, ARPs and Buchlas, and aesthetes before them predicting and/or commissioning such inventions; in Europe they create laboratories and institutes. Stunning exemplars come from all over--Brazil, Siberia, Japan especially. Yet for those in search of audio majesty aimed directly skyward, most often it comes from places like Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm, Trondheim.

Partly by design, partly by chance, Deathprod now ranks among the foremost of these artists, producing a deeply realized sound that is also a withering emotional experience. Multivalent, epic, it takes the listener some time to absorb precisely what Sten is out to achieve, but when one does, the luminosity of the works presents itself with great force.

This is not to say the set lacks humor. The poet Matt Burt takes a turn on 6:15 clearly limning John Cage; his effeminate voice uncannily resembles Cage in the narratives and lectures from Folkways and Everest recordings of the late fifties and early sixties. To these ears, only references to parenthood and Nintendo among the wordplay jarred me into the realization that Sten was effecting a wry tribute to the late Modernist titan.

All else is slowly shattering sound, audio information, music, and nothing much involving the laptop (notebooks and the software running on them being embryonic at the time most of this music was recorded). Violins, the elements, tape, analog devices, even wax cylinders conspire together to make time unravel before one's ears. Ironically, what's most notable in these long, sprawling works is concision: compression, redaction and meticulous editing, like a canvas of the ocean with each wave crisply defined. Exalted.
Is that violin dying? 12 Feb 2007
By C. Flora-Tostado - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is exactly what a box set should do: make you feel like you hit a big fat pot of gold. I am a fan of SOME drone and that definitely helps me to digest the lot of this. At times sounds a little like Biosphere, Hafler Trio, Tod Dockstader and Omit - all of whom I'd recommend also. The music is constantly evolving so even though the music sounds static there is always something to focus your attention on. It will tend to grab your attention and pull you back into it immediately when you hear something new form in the brooding clouds of sound. What it must sound like after getting swallowed up by that smoke monster from the tv show LOST.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One hell of a buy!!! 24 Mar 2007
By Luke A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cosmic!!! Mind shattering! Super loud yet super silent. One of the best purchases I have ever made!
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