Periodical I

3" CDR CEIL029

the ceiling periodical series

THE INFANT CYCLE- 1) Unrelated Work Tapes 4/7/05

JARED DAVISON- 2) Phonography


This short little 3" cdr is a split between The Infant Cycle and Jared Davison, both of whom seem to have been making music for awhile now. I have heard some The Infant Cycle material in the past and liked it, but I think this the first I've ever heard of Jared Davison. This disc is apparently the first in a series of 3" discs released by The Ceiling called periodicals, which will feature The Infant Cycle and other artists in the Ontario area. According to the press release, these discs are intended to be viewed as a kind of snapshot into the projects, or a newspaper entry of a piece of that particular artist. Interesting to say the least.

Though the disc only has a time span of 11 minutes there is a lot of sounds explored here. For the most part both of the tracks here could be described as experimental with glitchy and ambient tendencies, but that description really does not do either track justice. The Infant Cycle have the first track here, titled "unrelated work tapes". The song is apparently somewhat of a re-working of previous materials from the project, and it mainly revolves around a set of clicks and nefarious drones. The clicks are somewhat reminiscent of Tin. RP, but darker. The drones vary from light to dark tones, with the only constant really being the presence of clicks. Good stuff.

The Jared Davison track "Phonography" is somewhat in the same vein with it's cold and dark ambient drones, but it is far more rhythmic, and a little bit more active. This track is supposed to composed solely of surface noise from vinyl records, but either Mr. Davison is lying, some very serious manipulation was going on, or he happened to be using a vinyl recording from an ambient record. because while a lot of this piece is comprised of record type sounds, there are a lot of drones that simply cannot be created in that manner. But then again, I'm probably wrong.

All in all this is a good batch of ambient experimental music. the sounds are great, the production is smooth, and the packaging in layout is rather spiffy as well. Recommended for sure.
Royce Icon


Originally planned to be released as the first part of a series of 7" EPs, "Periodical I" is a concept release from two Canadians - Jim DeJong aka The Infant Cycle, and Jared Davison (more known for his Mind Skelp-cher project). Both artists have chosen vinyl records as a main sound source for their conceptual works that involves mapping out sound possibilities of records as a medium. The first piece in this set, by The Infant Cycle - "Unrelated Work Tapes 4/7/05" is focused on carved vinyl record grooves, which resulted in serially generated, loud popping underpinned by a percussion, and immersed in warm guitar humming. Close to the works of P16.D4! Jared's interest in "using narrowly defined parameters in composition" in his share of the disc, "Phonography" means an exclusive use of surface noises from records as a sound source. Whatever expectations these assumptions may suggest, his work is not a sort of white noise exclusively. "Phonography" seems to be composed with juxtaposed puzzles, so each part is slightly different from another. They comprise mainly looped noises, which compose undulating, a bit trancey sound bands, while the glitches and distortions are amplified and processed to the level of forming rhythmic structures! The illusive impression of listening to a vinyl release becomes stronger when Jared Davison's work ends as abruptly as a real vinyl can do! Excellent!
Krzysztof Sadza


Ceiling, an Ontario, Canada-based experimental label, is the creative font whence cometh this nifty little 3" limited edition CD EP, shared by the two indicated artists. A seemingly arrythmic but irresistible patter of tribal electro-noise pops draws you into a compelling track one (The Infant Cycle's "Unrelated Work Tapes"), while ominous, minimal rumblings from the bowels of an infernal factory chug and churn throughout track number two (Davison's "Phonography").

All you get are only the two tracks, which is a letdown, partly because these are way more pleasing to the ear than anything I have thus far heard by the Hafler Trio, to name one. Another disappointment is that the tracks average only six minutes apiece, and by the time each one finishes, the appetite is barely whetted. These two admittedly similar crypto-noise artistes are on to something, and more, if not longer, pieces by each would have made this EP essential and not merely collectible. (Rated 3.5/5)
Perry Bathous

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