CD Cover Dead Voices on Air

Review by Darren Kerr

Imagine what it would sound like if someone obsessed with sounds of machinery produced their own take on the Solitudes new age series. Instead of crickets and waterfalls, you hear gentle whirring noises, maybe hydraulic lifts or conveyor belts -- nothing organic, until a flute-like sound weaves in and out like a cool breeze through a loading bay door.

Mark Spybey -- aka Dead Voices on Air -- is probably not an overly fun guy. None of the projects he has been involved in (the sound collage of Zoviet France, the Skinny Puppy spinoff Download) contain what the average Moe would call 'music.' This is the type of stuff that used to disturb me when they'd play it on Brave New Waves at three in the morning. If you have any acquaintances who smoke crack and turn paranoid, put this on and watch their heads swivel like barber chairs.

If the millenium is as cold and chaotic as people say, then Mark Spybey will supply the anti-song soundtrack. He's the foley artist who successfully duplicates the sound of oblivion.

Artist Contact Info: P.O. Box 16008, Chicago, Il., USA, 60616

First published in Drop-D Magazine on March 21, 1998

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