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Gintas K: 13 Tracks

From the unimaginative title and creativity-free cover to the atonal sounds inside, 13 Tracks is the latest CD of sonic detritus from the Lithuanian experimental-music veteran Gintas K (short for "Kraptavicius," emphasis at least for this record on "krap"). While the sound artist deserves credit for converting ordinary noises such as clicks and crackles, plus sine wave drones and ambient textures, into post-apocalyptic dream sequences (with an occasional rhythm tossed in), this is essentially 71 minutes of dissonance that works neither as an active nor a passive listen. Some tracks, such as the shuffling "Kruva Tempu" and the droning "WWW," are barely even perceptible, but "Ka As Zinau" tests listeners' patience with a series of ear-piercing beeps and obnoxious effects. "12-03" is little more than 10-and-a-half minutes of steam-room puffs and glass tinkling, while the warm crackles of "Kazkasss" sound as if Gintas K simply dropped the stylus at the end of a spinning LP and pushed "record."

No one knows what the hell all this means except the artist himself which, it seems, is just the way he likes it.

Track Listing:
1) Nezinau Kas Tai
2) Ritmas 100 Fonas
3) Kruva Tempu
4) Ka As Zinau
5) 12-03
6) Naujas Visas
7) Gitara
8) WWW
9) EEE2
10) Kazkas Po
11) Maiden
12) Kazkasss
13) Kazkas T

Added: March 18th 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Percepts Label
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Language: english

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