Hart/Goff/McGee - "Meshed Mixages"
(Taped Rug Productions/InstrumenTales/Haltapes 2002)
From Aural Innovations #22 (January 2003)
Bret Hart, Hal McGee, and Charles Rice Goff III... a trio of DIY underground giants putting their collective heads together to produce music, noise, and sounds designed to captivate and confuse the senses. It's all here too... noise and percussion bits, carnival organ parading around with electro noise patterns, Bret's guitar attacks, scattered percussion, hair raising sonic assaults (caution with the volume!), and plenty more. I dig the avant-garde orchestral and free-improv pieces like "The Alones". "Trigger" is similar but includes voice samples arranged in strange ways with freaky sounds. "Uhura" is a wild free-improv/collage glom of electronics, strings, percussion and samples. And for space fans we've got "Smithy", "Man Dough", "Her Rubber Toe" and "Pectoral Glance" which all feature fun mindfucked alien cosmic weirdness. And the list goes on. The scary thing is I think I'm at the point with these guys that I'm confident I can pick out their individual contributions to each piece. An intriguing set of strangeness that fans of either of these three will surely enjoy.
Visit the Taped Rugs Productions (Charles Rice Goff III) web site at: http://www.geocities.com/padukem.
Visit the InstrumenTales Records (Bret Hart) web site at: http://hartsongs.tripod.com/bret_hart_page1.htm.
Visit the Haltapes (Hal McGee) web site at: http://hometown.aol.com/haltapes1/index.html.
Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz