Transhumanism, cybernetics, dystopic futures, all common terms in today's musical landscape and rightly so. We are faced daily with a news agenda propagating sadness and division delivered via smart devices and the glow of the screen. Musicians have audified the love/hate relationship of human and tech for generations now but only more recently have the negative impressions seemed to outweigh the positives as we are increasingly overloaded with information, addicted to feedback.
Carmine Laurenza's Nocturnerror project sits firmly at the crest of a crashing wave of these negative impressions. His, is a music of submission and acceptance, apathy as data flow and artificiality become clean water. In this mini album for Opal Tapes, Nocturnerror presents a conversation between the archaic tech of radio waves and machine noise sculpted in time in a fleshless manner. The silence and space in Nocturnerror’s music is really the key to this conversation, when we have to look away to check the screen it’s easy to drop the sentence.
The tracks seem less "created" and more drop in recordings of events of making and de-construction. Beat making is AI-esque, an attempt at a known rhythm or feeling remembered (In Silence…). Genre is melted in tracks like ‘No Radio Wave Transmission’ a glass house of classical groan and metal intensity. ‘Structural Tremor’ is a spectral break-beat flurry stripped of a mid-range body. The music is skeletal in feel, barren industrialism which never slams or grows into some gargantuan chug but instead jerks around lithely as the upgrades are installed.