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DJ Ordeal has been creating his progressively strange tape collages for well over a decade. Following more than a dozen releases, mostly on his own Sparticus Stargazer label, Sea/ Seagull may well be his oddest recording yet. Based on a multi-tracked and speeded-up vocal riff, played alongside recordings of sea breakers, voices, orchestral and seagull sounds, this is a painstakingly constructed audio tapestry, the result of intense, hour-upon-hour, tape-to-tape work.
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Sea managed to cut up a whole side of ocean sounds, dropped in with the odd ominous clatter, and punctuated with a rather musical seagull effect. On Seagull, things get really interesting as he strips it all out save for the seagull sample, which is actually made up of a vocalist singing in the artist’s neighborhood — the various samples of her singing are sped up and pieced together to the effect that she sounds like the titular bird of low tide
filth.This is a fascinating side of music, hypnotic and strangely satisfying, its noise simultaneously maddening and
scratching an itch that it formed itself.
I feel like I’m going to be highly suggestible when this side closes.
Doug Mosurak at Dusted
[On Sea] There are glimpses of orchestral sound and speaking voices, but the waves dominate, turning the
side into a heavy and amorphous white noise experience. Seagull isolates the bird-like sounds and produces a much
more intriguing result, with hard, bright oscillating tones, seesawing across
each other as Ordeal alternately runs tape forwards and in reverse.
Sam Davies in The Wire
DJ Ordeal, Brighton, 2006
Photo by Ema Bonifacic