Various An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music — Fifth A-Chronology 1920-2007

Yeah, that’s right, 87 years — that’s got to be some kind of record. This anthology is another superb, ambitious collection of myriad approaches to electronic sound. It’s not chronological, but programmed, according to compiler Guy Marc Hinant, to be "an explosive cocktail.” This is a sumptuous noise experience on its own, regardless of the first four volumes. The contrasts in methodology from track to track create breathtaking changes in sonic universes. The most aggressive Japanese noise coexists with Russian Revolution-era futurism, Pere Ubu and computer-generated mayhem. Two other defining characteristics of this comp are the many different manifestations of the voice with "noise” contexts and a mandate to draw from a wide range of countries around the world. These vocals from across the globe range from intelligible words to the outer limits of the larynx, making for a refreshing approach to "world music,” one that focuses on disturbing and provoking the listener rather than attempting to soothe. (Sub Rosa)