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Review of Instant Drone Factory - Critical Mass
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x Sea   - at 8:07 pm on Thursday November 2‚ 2006 x
x The German-based experimental quartet known for their Schiphorst Festival appearances put their thoughts on paper. x
x Sea Labenz, Germany - Instant Drone Factory originated in 2005 as a reason to put together a live ensemble for the annual Schiphorst Avante-Garde Festival. The quartet consists of guitarist Frank Gingeleit, bassist Thomas Gorny, drummer Christian Jager and guitarist/vocalist Andrea Tabacco, with collective and diverse musical experience spanning half a century.

Critical Mass is a collection of five extended experimental, droning jazz fusion pieces spawned out of free-form improvisational sessions. The album artwork is amusing, in a cartoon style depicting nuclear danger and crafty cats who have fun.

Outer Space Background Drones - Distorted ambient grating flutters out through the quagmire as a high hat steps in, and the rolling bass churns. Bit of a Les Claypool influence in the vocals. Groovy. Picks up to a crescendo towards the end.

Tommy the Bone takes more of a funk blues approach before subsiding into spacey ambient drones where Tabacco almost feels introspective. The instruments come marching in and are led on a path towards a furious percussive end roll.

The title track, Critical Mass, slowly steps into an effect ridden twitch funk ambience, where the bass jumps in and bounds along. The storyline appears quite drastic, speaking of break downs and explosions, as the sonic machine underneath drives its quirky machine.

"Voices" is a more traditional ambient piece, starting slowly with almost piano-type bass and guitar tones rippling through while crackling FX spray over the soundscape. Tabacco raises the pitch of his voice and explores the breadth of his dynamic range, occasionally screaming over reverb and minimal percussion.

"Both Hands on the Counter/Wake Up for the Night" gallops in. By this point Tabacco's drones become largely monotonous. The instruments dive into hyper-experimentation which a rapid bassline, guitars leaping off into adventurous journeys. The escapade picks up and the band merges together for one last driving run, before concluding with the finest, funkiest groove of the album.


The Critical Mass recording is an eclectic collection of experimental music that has been shaped and crafted into a considerable listening experience. For enthusiasts of the off beat jazz fusion and improvised sounds with a touch of drone, or for casual imaginative rock fans, Instant Drone Factory are worth checking out.
More information: http://www.instantdronefactory.com
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