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The same person who is working as Nixilx.nijilx, Blanco Estira Nuestro and Helice Peid is working as Socrates Martins and for his 7″ he took the title of a painting by Rene Margritte from 1937. On these pieces he plays ‘field recordings and objects’, but all of this highly obscured through extremely lo-fi transformations. It seems like captured on a cassette (or perhaps a whole bunch of cassettes), which add a low resolution to the material. It moves low over the surface of sound and is truly obscure record, but also a captivating one, I think. Maybe because one doesn’t have a clue what’s going on here, it leaves lots of space to contemplate about that. A record that poses more questions then the answer it gives. Which I guess if you call yourself Socrates Martins is the whole idea. Beautiful obscurity.
by Frans de Waard

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This greek sound artist works under various names, but this may be his actual moniker. The sounds here are highly processed electroacoustic events created from impossible-to-peg sources. The surface shifts between various levels of out-of-focus, but it’s hard to tell if you’re listening to a baby crawling around in an elevator or bacon sizzling in a pan, and then everything changes.  It’s a gorgeously dislocational effort and well worth investigation for those with a taste for vertigo.

by Byron Coley