18 June 2010

Methods of Mayhem Page 1/4
Produced by Sounds Good
No.Tracks 89
Playing Time 69:57
Audio CD  
Released 1995

A glance at the cover of this CD from Sounds Good and we see that it is "for the makers of hard-core techno, Old and New School Industrial and Noise lovers in general. In short, for anything in need of an experimental edge, or a twist of ugly. These are not your everyday samples, but uniquely weird and savage stuff. Methods of Mayhem provides you with a complete menu of unheard loops and sounds." Sounds promising....

The CD has been produced by Mattias Tegner, who in the preliminary notes describes the CD as being between the early pioneers of noise making music - Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk (!), DAF, Severed Heads and Suicide and latter day acts such as Autechre, Aphex Twin, LFO, the Prodigy and the Orb. Certainly many of these influences can be heard throughout this offering.

The CD kicks off with a two minute demo track that kicks through a few styles, which could almost be a compilation of extracts off a recent Depeche Mode or Prodigy album, exactly what these sorts of demo tracks should be, short and showing off the samples on offer.

The inlay card is quite excellent and contains all you need in order to assist in using the CD to its best effect. The CD is broken down into 24 sections, apart from the track listing at the beginning, at the top of each page you get a short description of the section. Then each sample within the section is listed, with a number, name, BPM (if appropriate), key (if appropriate) and if the sample is in stereo or mono. The loops are all tuned to BPM's in multiples of 10, i.e. 90, 100, 110, 140 etc. in keeping with other Sounds Good sample CD's. The idea being that you can interchange loops from any of their CD's without having to worry about altering the BPM's of the loops yourself.

There is no mention of the source of the sounds on the CD, except a note on the rear cover about some sounds being sourced from vintage equipment, and some of the Mouth Control loops being sourced from a Roland 606.

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