Bee Mask, Drainolith, Pandava, Forever Overhead | Enemy | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Bee Mask, Drainolith, Pandava, Forever Overhead Recommended All Ages Soundboard

When: Tue., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. 2011

On the recent Elegy for Beach Friday (Spectrum Spools) Chris Madak, aka Bee Mask, creates seamless melanges of ominous droning, post-New Age drift, and squelchy space-travel atmospheres—the album's four side-length collages consist of material drawn from the nearly three dozen cassettes and CD-Rs that the Cleveland native, now based in Philadelphia, has released over the past five years. I wasn't familiar with that work, so I can't say how much Madak has edited it, but in any case Elegy is impressive. It pales in comparison, though, to the newer Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico, released by Gift Tapes in 2010 and re­issued on vinyl by Spectrum Spools this April. A two-part piece, it not only broadens Madak's sonic palette—he adds strangulated voices, metallic ringing, tape manipulation, and a host of unidentifiable sounds—but also demonstrates the evolution of his thinking, its ethereal elements more clearly conveying movement and exposition. —Peter Margasak Drainolith, Pandava, and Forever Overhead open.

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