hyDrone – Regeneration

It came with an awfully industrial-looking piece of wooden goodness which looks like a gearwheel. A nice touch to an otherwise boring and bland universe of different CD’s and Vinyls. I now understand why the label specializes in packaging more than anything else, because it adds up to an otherwise pretty forgotten dimension. The uniqueness of this addition can be felt when you’re holding it in your hand and when you get to see the wonderful mechanism, where you can “scroll” the gearwheel up and down in a range of motion that gearwheels do when they’re included in a whole system. I don’t know if that was intentional or not, but it was fun to do it for a while and after I’ve loosened the bolt a little bit, a wonderful 7-inch fell into my hands and was ready to play in my vinyl-player. Also, the fact that it’s a cogwheel that you spin around instead of opening it with a screwdriver, adds another nice touch to the experience that is both listening to it and seeing the package opening before you. Hopefully this will serve as a catalyst for other labels, to do the same thing, because if they did people would be all over the place to buy from you.

1. Regenerating Confusion Part A

So let’s head on to the goodness and start with the first track on this 7¨ vinyl, titled: Regenerating Confusion Part A. It starts off with a painted ambient landscape, as if the brush was broken and had to move it’s way with disarray. You can feel the discontented painter trying to make the best of it, but the brush is wreaking more and more havoc as he moves along to complete his otherwise “unbroken” picture. A swooping motion is felt within the sound-scape, carrying a lot of the brushes with it and dampening the otherwise peaceful environment in the back of it. The white noise on this first song is making it feel like you’re traveling through ages of soundbites from the older days, carrying the decaying envelope of time’s roundabouts on its shoulders. As you get to a certain point, you can hear some lesser noticeable sound which very much could be a person or a being. Everything else feels fabricated, like machinery with no human interaction whatsoever. An automated string of noises, with careful edges and touches – which carefully paint half of a human being into the picture. Trying to depict whatever it could be, the “person” or “persons” slowly delve into the sound-scape. It feels and sounds like a tribalistic chant from afar, but the closer you get to the noise, you can clearly hear that they’re not separated from each other. Maybe this is the centerpiece of the artistic value in this song, maybe it’s the turning point which blends everything together and smoothes it out nicely? Something that sounds like a pixies moan begin to wallow from the centerpiece to the very edges of it. It’s surely a discontent kind of environment, but at the same time a conquerable and peaceful sound-scape that tries to rid itself from the decaying parts of the machinery. Like bolts making a run for it, trying to make it out from the landscape. It soon fades out in the same fashion that it faded in, the intro and outro are very much alike but the outro takes it away with passion. It feels like you’re at the top of a snowy mountain, looking down on all the decayed and disenfranchised stuff going on further down in the valley. Extraordinary sound, even for someone that isn’t into this kind of music, but maybe this will become my centerpiece for a while – or maybe for an eternity.

2. Regenerating Material

The next song on this EP is on the B-Side of it, it’s called: Regenerating Material. It feels like we’ve moved on from the first part of the story, like we’ve headed from the rural areas and entered the big city. In the intro it feels like a train coming in to the station, trying to stop for the passengers. But something is wrong, since the sound is very constant and begins to get louder and louder the further in you get from the intro. The pulsating and almost annoying sound is blended together like a braid with the more tinnitus-influenced sound. Maybe it’s used to provoke some kind of reaction, because I’m feeling a wide range of emotions. Everything from a fascination of the constant sound, wanting it to go further or develop into something really good. Another part of me just wants to turn it off, because I can’t stand the sharp and crisp noise that’s being felt through the speakers. As I write this, the noise fades out into nothingness and the more pulsating sound goes to rest. The ambiance in this song is really well done, with different shades and characters wallowing around the bigger noises. As if it tries to focus on the noise at hand but at the same time wanting you to break the barrier of the shriekier noises that are at hand and displayed throughout. It also feels like I’ve been tricked into focusing too much on the main side of the noise and ambiance, which tricked me into thinking the song was longer than it actually was. There’s some kind of duplicated influence in this one, like a doppelganger of some sort. Or it might just be a reflection of the sound that’s being heard throughout, trying to pave a way through your subliminal conscience and influencing it with the likes of the sound. Shit, this is some really fascinating stuff but at the same time very hard to understand if you don’t listen closely. A great track which delves deeper into the questionable thought of noise as sound and ambient as carrier, but a good pathway for the novices to take.

3. Regenerating Confusion Part B

Now I delve deeper into my own consciousness and find the last song: Regenerating Confusion Part B. I think for myself: “because of the name, this must be a continuation of Part A”. But I was wrong, very wrong. It feels almost as if it’s a scheduled trip of some sort, like the first two tracks had their own story, but it gets even more developed here. A kind of rhythmic noise delves out from the secret ambient-lab and throws stuff around like I’m not used to with the prior songs on this EP. At first it felt like I was in a rural area, now it feels like I’m in a total war-zone or in the big city. Every touch of the rhythmic noise drums makes me wonder if I’m not beginning to get stressed out. As the other songs were a bit calmer and induced a sense of spirituality and meditation, this song just crushes those beliefs in a single stroke. There’s also a sense of power electronics in the mix, which get more visible the closer you listen to it. It seems like every texture of every sound is being thrown upon me just to get my heartbeat up and feel like I’m in the middle of something happening. There are also a lot of instrumentals going berserk, or so it feels, since the sound-scape is becoming even more skewed with the bombardment of drums and excess of noise that I’ve heard in the other songs. But as soon as I feel like I’m being overwhelmed by it, the sound-scape changes character. I don’t know if there’s anything scientifically to this kind of thing, but somehow I imagine that hyDrone made these different passages to lure me into a trap and to induce different emotions at specific times. Because just as I describe them, something else happens or they fade away and make room for another noise or ambiance. I must say that I’m impressed by this, impressed by the packaging and the high quality both musically and technically on this EP. This is something you surely need to get in your hands before it’s too late, it’s a token to have in your collection and you will not be disappointed. It also felt like this was a pathway into the more hard-to-listen noise and ambient, giving novices like me a chance to learn something and to have my ears calibrated for this music. Great and interesting are two words that come to mind very often, they’re also two words that should be taken serious for this release. This was an experience, a mind-boggling one, which didn’t leave me the same as I was before. Excellent.

Favorite track(s): Every track, but especially: Regenerating Confusion Part B.

Label: SEALT

Catalog number: S9

Final judgement: 4/5

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