Monday, March 8, 2010

3 - Tem Oph Ab cassettes

our incredibly kind friend (kusomiso) has gifted us these three rare cassettes here from thee Italian projekt Tem Oph Ab ov Marco Farina!! shall attempt here to provide some sort ov synopsis for each..

Tem Oph Ab - Kyon

uncertain ov thee reference behind thee title Kyon..

Kyon II - consists ov trancing spectral elektronikx with slowed indecipherable vocal passages which make their presence for various passages throughout this track which occupies thee entirety ov thee 23 minutes ov thee first side ov thee cassette!! at about ten minutes into thee piece slow ritual percussion appears for a few minutes before being subsumed into more ov thee trancing lo-fi elektronikx which tend to typify much ov Tem Oph Ab's recordings!!

La Danza di Lilitu [the dance of Lilitu] likely refers to:
"Lilith (Hebrew: לילית‎ Līlīt; Arabic: ليليث‎ Līlīṯ) who is believed to have originated as a female Mesopotamian storm demon associated with wind and was thought to be a bearer of disease, illness, and death. The figure of Lilith first appeared in a class of wind and storm demons or spirits as Lilitu, in Sumer, circa 4000 BC. The phonetic name "Lilith" is traditionally thought to have originated in Ancient Israel somewhere around 700 BC, despite post-dating even to the time of Moses. Lilith was adopted by Ancient Hebrew culture: she appears as a night demon in Jewish lore and as a screech owl in Isaiah 34:14 in the King James version of the Bible. In later folklore, "Lilith" is the name for Adam's first wife. Her story was greatly developed, during the middle-ages, in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim, the Zohar and Jewish mysticism."

thee first ov thee trackx devoted to her dance consists ov sparse plodding synthesizer and bass which are joined by more ritualised percussion after about fifteen minutes for a sektion before returning to more ov thee droning synth and bass material!!

thee second track devoted to Lilith consists ov more lo-fi trancing synthesizer workx!!

Track listing:

a1 - tem oph ab - Kyon II
b1 - tem oph ab - La Danza di Lilitu
b2 - tem oph ab - La Danza di Lilitu pt. II

Tem Oph Ab + Dana - Split Tape

thee Tem Oph Ab side ov this cassette refers to Mnemosine/ "Mnemosyne (Greek Mνημοσύνη, pronounced /nɪˈmɒzɪni/ or /nɪˈmɒsəni/) (sometimes confused with Mneme or compared with Memoria) who was the personification of memory in Greek mythology. This titaness was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus and the mother of the Muses by Zeus." sonicly thee content presented lies within thee vein ov much ov Marco's lo-fi trancing elektronikx with thee addition ov some very slow drum machine work this time as well!!

can find zero info for thee artist Dana who this split cassette tis shared with.. thee track Pietra Verticale [vertical stone] begins with fairly quiet trancing elektronikx with restrained high-pitch signal, and transitions to much a louder restrained pulsating presence which alternates with cacophanous power elektonikx sektions before transforming into a sheer barrage ov a harsh static maelstrom!! much ov thee side ov thee cassette tis subsumed in this type ov a sonic assault; however at a little after thee nineteen minute point there tis thee significant transition to a very quiet beatific synthesizer progression which develops very nicely to conclude thee final sektion ov thee tape!!

Track listing:

TEM OPH AB - Mnemosine
DANA - Pietra Verticale

Tem Oph Ab + Il Menstruo Delle Puttane - Split tape

just when i had believed before that thee Le Chele Di Hypnos cassette had been thee height ov Marco's art for this projekt; this great cassette tis discovered!!

thee primary site ov reference which i found for an explanation ov Amenta was here where it tis stated that it tis referenced in thee Egyptian Book of The Dead as an underworld realm ov gloomy shade.. sonicly thee track consists ov excellent trancing elektronikx with restrained pulsating rhythms and sparse percussions!!

thee first ov thee pieces simply titled s/t consists ov wondrous shimmering atmospheres with ghostly synthesized choral presences manifesting amidst excellent insidious elektronikx!!

thee second track referencing thee hidden land Amenta consists ov restrained synth notes amidst distant atmospheres and a wierdly detuning sort ov vibraphone presence!! towards thee end some excellent synthesizer work makes a great warbly presence!!

La Luce Del Serpente Del Fuoco [the light of the serpent of fire] consists ov repetitive clanging reverberations with wierd almost portamento-type synthesizer preogression..

thee final track for this side ov Tem Oph Ab's material consists ov interesting undulating synthesis amidst washes ov harsh static and writhing elektronik atmosphere!!

as stated elsewhere in this blog: Il Menstruo Delle Puttane / I.M.d.P. tis another ov thee monikers utilised by Marco Farina!! thee material provided here consists ov bombastic power elektronikx assaults riddled with an unceasing enmitous barrage ov harsh viscerality where there are also hidden vocal presences which never quite make themselves decipherable!! thee side ov thee cassette tis presented here as one continuous piece; as that tis how it appears on thee label: as belonging to one title: il primo menstruo [the first menstruation]..

Track listing:

a1 - tem oph ab - amenta I
a2 - tem oph ab - s/t
a3 - tem oph ab - amenta II
a4 - tem oph ab - la luce del serpente del fuoco
a5 - tem oph ab - s/t
b - I.M.d.P. - il primo menstruo

[[transferred by (kusomiso) & review by (crepusculum)]]

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