reviewed by Windy Chien of Aquarius Records
Once known simply as "the rust record", this is
the debut recorded collaboration between AQ-fave sound artist
Loren Chasse (id battery, Thuja, himself, etc.) and Jim Haynes.
Jim, known for his decay-oriented visual art, provided the
each-one-unique rusted cover art for The Chronograph,
in addition to melding his audio ideas with those of Loren.
The result isn't too far removed from Loren's solo or id battery
efforts -- abstract magnifications of natural sounds manipulated
for maximum dronological effect. In addition to the chemical
reactions and metal vibrations that were recorded as part
of The Chronograph's initial "rusting" concept,
you'll hear bells, shortwave radio static, feedback, and more,
all processed into what both Jim and Loren accurately describe
as a "phosphorescent" sound. Rustings, and rubbings,
and rustlings, like some arcane ceremony involving broken
miniature machines and electric underwater pulsations. Ominous
rumblings full of tension, and sudden dis-connections. Lovely
stuff. By the way, this disc is not only the first release
for the Coelacanth duo, but also for Jefre Cantu of Tarentel's
new Partition label.