D.D. Dobson – A Halo of Affectation [CS]

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D.D. Dobson – A Halo of Affectation [CS]

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Label: 777 Was 666

Year: 2016

Format: Cassette

D.D. Dobson is the long-running free space project of Jim Goodall, who—as I’m sure others have pointed out—has a CV that ranges from The Flying Burrito Brothers to Whitehouse. A Halo of Affectation does indeed corroborate that he’s a man of multitudes, as nearly every track is an isolated experiment based on a wager with a particular set of tools. Goodall’s background as a percussionist is alluded to in the opener, before launching into some high current fizz, commingling with a thumpy bassline and radio gating. Along the way, there’s some whirling psychoacoustic panning that keeps the listener engaged over noise that follows an on/off vacuum cleaner curve. If you’ve ever wanted to hear the scratchy dub plate sounding part from a Von Oswald/Ernestus production extracted and filtered—but stripped of echo—you’ve even got some of that here, layered over a muted public field recording. Is that a corrido I hear?  Plenty of weird speech mangling too; nothing goofy here, however. Quality electroacoustic recreation that knows when to change its playing style, in the context of what I perceive to be a relatively pro recording situation. Jim’s bandmate from Medicine—a band I’ve admittedly only ever heard of—Brad Laner, assists in a technical capacity and a creative one I suspect as well. (This guy I know, of course—who else put out an IDM record on a major label in the ‘90s, by the way? Autechre on Nothing doesn’t count. I guess Photek does.) It’s inspiring to imagine two lifers searching for new sounds in the lab together and hear the results turn out this dynamic and fresh. Goodall is still offering tapes new and old by the handful; I intend to do some catching up, so consider yourself advised to do the same.

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New materials recorded in 2015 by Jim Goodall (Debt Of Nature, Medicine, co-writer of WHITEHOUSE's "Lightning Struck My Dick" included on Halogen). Technician and Production by Brad Laner (Medicine). Mastered by Phil Julian. Pro-dubbed. Limited to 100 copies.