On this short, but deliciously sweet, 3" CD (real CD, not a CD-R), the excellent Tibprod imprint from Norway offers up some sanctified electronics straight from the particle accelerator. In just under 20 minutes, these two sound sculptors offer a glimmering insight into their world. B?e is up first with three tracks of electrified spazz. The buzzes and hisses interact masterfully with various organic sounds, like piano on the second track. It's dizzying, but draws you in. I feel like I'm stuck inside a stop-motion film. The echoes and whirs are barely there, but enough so that you can't get away from them. It's like you are being chased with a tazer. The third track mixes some field recordings of various clanging and crashing sounds to great effect. It reminds me in many ways of Climax Golden Twins' brilliant "Imperial Household Orchestra." B?e uses these found sounds brilliantly. This is my favorite half of this split, unquestionably.
Mieville, who hails from France, takes a different approach on his one long track. "La Voix/L'usine" clocks in at just over 10 minutes. I feel like I'm being sucked through a time warp with ear muffs on. The sounds are jarring in some ways, but subdued because they seem muffled. It's a nice trick and softens the blow. As the track builds to its climax, the sonic distortion turns into a glowing electronic buzzsaw. It is excellent. It's a nice counterbalance to B?e's excellent, organic offerings.
Tibprod continues to open my eyes and mind to new music and sounds unlike anything else I've ever heard. Tore Honor? B?e and Emmanuel Mieville have contributed one of the finest releases to the label (this is a great way to begin doing non-CD-R releases). Between B?e's warm constructions and Mieville's glacial, underwater excursion, all angles are covered. I wish more noise/soundscape stuff was this great. Recommended. 8/10 -- Brad Rose (15 August, 2005)