On this release James Brewster and Peter Henning battle it out via no-input mixing boards wired through a handful of effects and other sound producing apparatus. The sounds featured here are wide ranging and often times texturally extremely interesting, yet the breakneck speed at which they are presented provide for a jittery, uncomfortable listening experience. One could almost imagine the two playing an aural game of Battleship, where opponents square off against one another with nothing but a mixer and a handful of cables in an attempt to locate the position and mindset of the other. One makes a blind stab, while the other counters in a similar manner neither playing hitting the mark too often. On occasion things do manage to come together, yet there is often that one slight error that moves the listener on to the next all too brief passage of sound.
On the other hand, as aurally distasteful as I may find this highly disjointed play of sound, perhaps Brewster and Henning are attempting to force the listener into split seconds of focus; forcing the brain to multitask as it absorbs one sound while taking in the next. Perhaps this shouldn?t necessarily be looked at as any sort of continuum but in fact that the abrupt shifts are there to force one to think about slowing down while at the same time becoming more adept at closer more concentrated listening.
The five works presented here could, perhaps stand in conceptual opposition to much of the current wave of experimental sounds; presenting work that is nothing but dissonance and disruption as opposed to a sense of musicality with over riding levels of dissonance. Yet I personally feel that the sound/music world is in many ways far beyond the need for this sort of disruption. But in all honestly one should take the time and decide for themselves as ?R?nnblomsgatan Rudbecksgatan? is available as a free download from the incredibly generous Hwem
label. 4/10 -- Cory Card (30 July, 2008)