Review: Igor Stangliczky – Empty My Sin Recycle Bin (Labud KUP, May 8)

a3204298042_10Belgrade musician Igor Stangliczky fortifies his debut solo improvisation document Empty My Sin Recycle Bin, which presents two successive takes of a piece entitled “Purgatory,” with every possible preparation for musical impact and longevity: virtuosic assimilation of several tools (no-input mixer, effects pedals, synthesizers) into a unified, gestural dynamism; engrossing overall progressions packed with hyperactive micro-events; moments of abrasive intensity and delicate flourish alike. I have no idea how Stangliczky achieved such detailed sound design by recording the two takes with a portable tape recorder (which often lack stereo functionality in addition to having subpar fidelity), and I doubt I’ll ever figure it out for certain, but for now I’m happy with the choice because it gives the release a fullness of presence that many digitally captured solo electronics recordings neglect. The sharp edges and volatile blasts consistently threaten a descent into complete harsh noise chaos, and Stangliczky is as much wrangler as he is controller, seemingly spending more time pushing and nudging sonic emissions where he wants them to go rather than pulling them into an exact, forced schematic. This innate turbulence only makes the final product more exhilarating to listen to; I’m especially obsessed with moments that somehow combine natural escalation and sudden materialization, such as about seven minutes into movement one when a swelling tendril of distortion, itself born from a temporary disintegration, shatters into a multifaceted mass of crystalline deconstruction. Don’t let the trivial (and yet somehow fitting?) cover fool you; this is one of the best improvised-electronics releases I’ve heard this year.