RADIOSON

радиосон

(Helen Scarsdale - HMS032) Cassette $7.50

Through a Cold War lens of the paranoiac aesthetic where Radioson emerges. This eponymous release is the first full document for Radioson, the Russian engineer known as [S] who has operated as Five Elements Music and Exit in Grey over the past decade. Radioson maintains the representative compositional fluidity while presenting a darker, noisier, more malevolent disposition here. Disruptive interference, numbers station mechanization, various Russian military transmissions, and electrically charged currents of caustic drone are constructed from a position of clinical detachment over the psychic and physical detritus that spills forth in his homeland. The occasionally kosmiche turns for electronic sequencing are a unique take on the Schnitzler / Schulze strategies from the ’70s, though mapped out on antiquated Russian synthesizers, tape machines, and of course radios. But the exhumation of things past and the parapsychological aesthetics parallel the best work of Andrew Lagowski’s S.E.T.I. when he recorded for Ash International and the psychological dread of industrial ambient practitioners Schloss Tegal.