Electronic Shock Treatment Review: Combine

This CD is built up from eIecronic sampling, crude noise machines, radio screech, and other like-minded electronic sounds. The three people who here comprise Due Process (Tom Dimuzio, Ron Lessard, and John Wiggins),seem to have forsworn any hint of environmental sound, opting instead for a soundscape that is entirely electronic based. There are 18 tracks with no listed titles. I assume they would be generically titled Combine with the respective number added as identifier. The basic theme would seem to be one of clouding everything in mystery - the suppression of information in order to allow tile listener to approach the music unhindered by intellectual baggage. The electronic music making up ihis recording is quite cold, with dense textures that seem alienating and harsh. By the tenth sub-section of Combine the electronics have moved into the stellar regions frequented by such noise merchants as Merzbow or Hanatarash. Later the volume and intensity will drop for a while, only to re-explode around the fifteenth sub-section. This would be perfect music to have on whilst reading science fiction. l am left thinking of a future world where this brooding, beautiful music is the soundtrack to the frightening and disorientating events unfolding before our eyes. A nasty world but a terrific soundtrack.