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Splinter Test: Electric Newspaper Issue Four

Intended more as a documentary and sample source material rather than a true 'album', this new Splinter Test record is the fourth in the Electric Newspaper series. All of the ninety-two tracks present use only vocal samples which are randomly spliced together into various compositions. According to the liner notes, all of the material on the album is free to be reused and recycled by anyone. Unfortunately, hidden amongst all of the supposed copyright free material, lie a large volume of samples taken from sources which quite obviously are less than legal. As a result, all of the material should be labeled as 'use at your own risk' rather than free. In any event, many of the samples are spliced quite amusingly into haphazard arrangements that are only humorous within the context they have been used. So, if you are looking for examples of tape cut-up techniques then this album is for you, but if you are looking for more of a 'normal' approach to music, then you should probably look elsewhere.

Splinter Test is: Genesis P-Orridge & Larry Thrasher

Invisible Records
P.O. Box 16008
Chicago, IL 60618


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