With Two Sunrise, electronic/pickup artist Tim Olive continues his series of collaborations on 845 Audio, humbly giving himself second billing for the second time in a row. Recording again in Kyoto, Olive allies himself with analog electronic artist Jason Kahn, culling hours of recordings down to a compact thirty-five minutes. The release is active and diverse despite the generic cover and lack of track titles. Perhaps the presentation is a statement: just listen.
Kahn and Olive play well with each other, collecting strange snippets of sound – static charge, feedback fuzz, rattle and hum – and collating them into a much larger framework. Imagine all of the buzzes and creaks in a home working together to create an avant-garde piece, coming to life at the same time like the kitchen items in “Beauty and the Beast” (but without the singing). Conversely, imagine an electronic version of Rice Krispies (“Snap, Crackle, Pop”). This is an acquired taste, but one with immense appeal to those who simply love unusual sounds in proximity to one another. In these four pieces, they accumulate like dust in an uncleaned room, rattling around their cages until one becomes frightened at the possibility of setting them free. Chains rattle; gates fall free from their hinges; cassette covers are closed; an amp is placed too close to a microphone. Any and all of these things may or may not be happening, but the impressions are there. At times the sounds are split speaker-to-speaker between the organic (echoed reverberations in a metal drum) and the inorganic (glitches and wails). On occasion the difference is split ~ in the opening piece, metal imitates needle. The recording also contains great depth, mastered in such a way as to provide a dimensional illusion.
While unusual, the work is not inaccessible. In the closing 26 seconds of the second piece, one hears the ghost of another potential project, a rhythmic electronic loop. Olive and his cohorts may one day cross over, but for now, their anti-pop stance is their primary appeal. (Richard Allen)