20.SV The Great Sonic Wave is now available on tape through Black Horizons
For those in Europe, tape can be directly ordered from me (7 Euros including shipping)
It’s been a real long time since I gave a 20.SV interview.. I guess the last one was done for Metal Maniacs back in 2007. This changed now, Mr. Jack Chuter of ATTN Magazine offered me the opportunity to talk about the sound sculpting process behind The Great Sonic Wave among other interesting things. Certainly the best 20.SV interview so far.
You can find it at the following link: http://www.attnmagazine.co.uk/features/7982
Reviews of The Great Sonic Wave have started popping up… And I already miss the dedication of the underground fanzine and webzine diehards and how much time and energy they put into the listening and writing process. To me reviews were never about praise. I always prefer a first class bashing review over dozens of shallow praising ones. The good thing about getting reviews is actually getting them, which is better than not getting any at all. Yet, reading them is some sort of a self-loathing ritual.
The review from Monsieur Delire (He expects to be taken seriously with such a name) is simply pointless. Written by someone who thinks he’s way too knowledgeable , when obviously he knows shit.. actually the entire “review” can be compressed to one short sentence: “I liked the sounds and disliked the vocals”… and he considers this to be a review. Keep it up!
20.SV is a sound art project by Osman Arabi. And The Great Sonic Wave is a single 28-minute piece made of microsamples of metal objects, plus a track of vocals by Alan Dubin (of Khanate and Gnaw). A failed experiment in my book: I like the electroacoustic assembly work, but Dubin’s screams (and unimaginative effects) completely turn me off.
Third review from Bad Alchemy Magazin (In German – English translation was kindly done by Mr. Richard Eigner) is obviously way better than the two above. If more of research was conducted, the writer could have many questions answered and could have understood the album way better instead of trying to figure it out.. At the end of the text he says that Alan is screaming “Repent”.. but why would he? It’s “revenge” and not “repent”, Mr.!
This music, packed in a cover with subtle relief-print, was made by Osman Arabi, a lebanese native, who could be heard as Seeker, Yardas and also 20.SV on the finnish cassette label Cthulhic Dawn Productions, or as Shamanic Death Trance on Disease Foundry Recordings. With these records one could label him likely as Dark or Ritual Ambient, as one – albeit exotic – obscure Drone-guy.
Not that the 28 minutes we have here offer something fundamentally different. However with vocal details and above all the screams of Alain Dubin, the gore voice of OLD and since years the hellish tongue of Khanate, the whole is imparted with the flair of something, one reluctantly is suspended with being alone and in the dark.
One is seduced to label this Death Ambient, if the name wasn’t already taken. On the other hand the horror is what makes this especially appealing; the thrill by means of impressions of diabolic, pain, despair and anger until the final burst.
Where could one find more pain and agony than in the area, that Arabi, instead of calling it home, would rather erase with an atom bomb? If the music is twitching and Dubin is screaming himself to rage, a Black Metal fever is taking over oneself, that is hard to resist. The blackness of the music becomes a fathomless mirror, that one – being an infernal narciss – is almost unable to detach oneself of. “REPENT”, Dubin is howling. But despair and enragement are beyound good and bad. After all, what use does remorse have, ass-deep in FIRE?
20.SV was brought to light in the year 2000 by guitarist/sound sculpturer OSMAN ARABI as an ongoing sound project with no restrictions.
In 20.SV’s new sonic work, hundreds of micro-samples of iron and steel objects were recorded, processed, cut, split and edited in multiple ways to form The Great Sonic Wave.
Now the most obvious change is the inclusion of vocalist ALAN DUBIN (Gnaw, Khanate, Old) on this recording, which marks the first integration of a human sound on a 20.SV album. Dubin’s harrowing, bilious and inhumane throat assault turns The Great Sonic Wave into a devouring audio virus.
Vocals/Voice FX recorded in The Haven Vault, Hoboken, NJ USA (2012 – 2013) by Alan Dubin. Sounds sculpted and recorded in Tripoli – El Mina, Lebanon (2008 – 2012) by Osman Arabi. Mastered by James Plotkin. Design by Remco van Bladel.
Note: The sample below is a combination of excerpts and does not represent the full experience as it’s a one track album.
After 5 years of sound sculpting, frequency manipulation, noise deconstruction, micro editing, shootings, explosions, car bomb experiences, insomnia, paranoia, altered mind states and all that is essential to the world of 20.SV, the new album “The Great Sonic Wave” is finally to be unleashed upon the world!
A work that I take great pride in and feel greatly honored to have one of my all time favorite vocalists, Alan Dubin, ripping his throat over its frequencies sending shivers down your spine!!
Mastering was greatly handled by another all time favorite musician of mine, Mr. James Plotkin.
The album will be out out next week through Cavity, the label of sound artist Gert-Jan Prins whom I was fortunate enough to meet and hear at the Irtijal festival earlier this year.
For the time being, here is the first public announcement…
More updates on the new 20.SV album.
Audio work is finalized. Vocal assault by Alan Dubin is complete. Mastering by James Plotkin is done.
The label hunt nightmare has begun.
It’s been 10 years since my first release, back in 2003. Throughout this time many labels that I have worked with either collapsed and vanished, slowed down their activity, went bankrupt or our plans fell apart due to difference in ideology and perception towards handling audio works in general.
Reflecting upon the situation I realized that a great part of my physical releases were put out by now defunct labels leaving me wondering about their availability.
Adding to this, my works are what many label owners call “a commercial suicide”, so it’s been always a tough journey to find the right label to handle a new release of mine, which eventually led to a serious delay in releasing many albums I have finished working on and also led to have a good number of them sitting on my shelf like abominations in a quarantine zone.
So, here I am today writing you these lines to share with you the decision of putting out all these recordings through Bandcamp. Knowing well how many of you see a superiority in physical formats, collectors’ items, rare and obscure releases, but these matters fail when the actual availability of the work is in question.
Physical releases are nice, especially when a great visual art is used with a neat classy packaging, but this was never a priority for me nor a goal to achieve. I craft sounds and that’s all what I deliver disregarding the format as long as the work is presented as it is without any loss in quality at any cost. And that’s why I find Bandcamp to be the right medium at this time where I can easily share with you my finished works without any delay all while maintaining their integrity intact.
I can go on at length about labels, their policy, how they function and the entire process one goes through to have a release out, but I guess most of you already know my stand on this.
Now to the essence of this post, here is the plan intended for this year…
The 20.SV boxset that was planned since 2006 and went through some dramatic changes will be finally presented one recording at a time on Bandcamp covering the entire 20.SV discography.
Selected CD releases through now defunct labels will be made available again.
The new/delayed Seeker album will also be released.
List of the upcoming digital releases and re-releases:
20.SV – Acid Vomit (re-release)
20.SV – Human Genocide (re-release)
20.SV – Insects (re-release)
20.SV – Apocalyptic Desert (re-release)
20.SV – Gaz Mask.Radiative Hate (re-release)
20.SV – Desolate Existence
20.SV – The Crawling Chaos
20.SV – E.N.D
20.SV – Digital War
20.SV – Extermination Process
Osman Arabi – Burning Sigils (re-release)
Seeker – Death Trance
Seeker – Invocation of the Sleeper (re-release will be available January 17, 2013)
It’s been almost 4 years now since I’ve started working on the new 20.SV album. Sound wise it’s pretty much done though this time something “unusual” for 20.SV is taking place. I’m honored to let you know that the new album will be having a vocal assault handled by Mr. Alan Dubin (O.L.D, Khanate, Gnaw) who’s been working on this for some time now. More updates on the upcoming work will follow as soon as Mr. Dubin finishes recording his audio terror.
I’m still alive and so is 20.SV, though I’m not sure how many of you are still breathing in this desolate world.
Here is my first interview in three years and by far the most challenging one: deaR
Onto other matters…
Since the recording of Extermination Process 20.SV has been mutating and transforming into something far more complex than ever before. Over 125 sound waves were crafted and carefully designed for the new album making it the most ear challenging/mind annihilating record in 20.SV’s history.