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"You won't find much aural wallpaper on Insomniac, the debut release, on their own label, of new noise, a fashionably lower-case oboe and percussion duo formed in 1999. Cameron Sinclair's opening track pays homage to the old sci-fi movie The Fly. The second, Simon Holt's Banshee, turns the oboe into a wailing monster; while Katharine Norman's Insomnia thrusts us into a ten-minute nightmare of dark, itchy sounds smothered in electronics.
This isn't a CD to iron shirts by. The two musicians - Janey Miller and Joby Burgess - attack such scores with an almost frightening vigour and skill. Sour, piercing notes sail out of Miller in breaths that never end; the Devil would appreciate Burgess's dexterity with drums, gongs, djembes, cymbals, whip and the rest of a large arsenal."
In Janey Miller, new noise has a player of huge versatility, and clearly an enormus understanding and enthusiasim for contemporary music. By collaborating with percussion, the doors are immediately opened on a veritable Aladdin's Cave of colours and textures, employed to the full by budding virtuoso Joby Burgess.
Catalogue number: NNL1
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