act 135 · v.a. · ant.colony · cd

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tracklist:
01 p.a.l. in the now (from ant-zen act93)
02 imminent starvation. strass (from hymen records ¥006)
03 silk saw. safe area (from ant-zen act106)
04 synapscape. no fright (from ant-zen act27)
05 celluloid mata. cyborg colony (from ant-zen act125)
06 telerotor. karoshi (from ant-zen act130)
07 hypnoskull. operation tough guy, but we'll be back (from ant-zen act134)
08 l'ombre. disappear (from ant-zen act129)
09 asche. kiss the whip (from ant-zen act105)
10 vromb. electro 01 (from ant-zen act101)
11 converter. coma (from hymen records ¥014)
12 rob(u)nent. al(a)silly dance (from ant-zen act127)
13 azure skies. collapse (from ant-zen act115)
14 morgenstern. hypnotized (from ant-zen act118)
15 this morn' omina. one eyed man (from ant-zen act142)
16 ars moriendi. armageddon (from ant-zen act61)

'an ant colony starts in general with a queen (a late reproductive female) that has just landed from the nuptial flight in which she has been inseminated by one or more males, has lost her wings and has found a protected place or has excavated a chamber. in this protected place (the nest, that does not necessarily have to be constructed, but can be a natural chamber under a rock, for instance) the queen starts to lay eggs, from which after a certain period, emerge the larvae. the queen may search for food outside the nest or regurgitate her liquefied wing musculature (she will never fly again). in this initial period the queen is respondible for all colony tasks, not only feeding the larvae and herself, but also for the maintenance of the nest and for colony defense. the larval phase is when the ants grow up, so they have to be constantly fed.'
© american museum of natural history, january 3, 1998; written by c.r.f. brandão and d.agosti

this particular colony is different - it started with a king instead of a queen, and instead of laying eggs he spread sounds all over the planet. replace 'larvae' with 'listeners' and these listeners also have to be constantly fed! along with his' worker ants, the king ant has fed the listeners for ten years ! this anniversary must be celebrated and let's start this celebration with a gift !

yes, this compilation is intended as a present for all ants: writer ants, spinner ants, and of course listener ants - 'ant-colony' is not for sale. this compilation includes both well-known -and to some younger ants- unknown tracks. some of these tracks appear on cd for the first time !

the celebration continues with the forthcoming follow-up to 'ant-hology' - a new double cd compilation titled 'daruma'. this is to be released in late spring 2k3 and includes all-new unreleased tracks. thus feeding the ants further!

if you yet haven't joined the ant-colony - do it now! and if you are an ant already - make the colony grow!

this cd will be available at ant-related events. retailer customer ants will get one copy for free along with an order at anthill !

reviews:

radio 19/4
Das im Industrial Umfeld für seine stets interessanten und innovativen Veröffentlichungen bekannte Label Ant-Zen aus Regensburg zeigt mit der "ant.colony" Compilation einen breiten Ausschnitt aus dem musikalischen Schaffen seiner Künstler. Die CD zeigt das Spektrum des harschen und rhythmischen Noise genauso wie Arbeiten eher atmosphärischer Künstler. Die 16 Interpreten, die allem Anschein nach ein komplettes Stahlwerk mit ins Studio gebracht haben bieten neben industriellen Klängen wildgewordener Stahlpressen auch ambientartige Soundcollagen, die wie die Ruhe vor und nach dem Sturm wirken. Die einzelnen Repräsentanten, die hier vereint wurden, schaffen es, ohne negative Spannungen zu erzeugen, eine Art experimentellen Hardcore-Noise zu kreieren, und dabei progressiv auf etwas Neues hinarbeitend, alt Hergebrachtes in sich aufzunehmen, ohne es zu kopieren. Düster soll es sein und dann bekommt man es halt auch düster, verzerrte Flächen, stechendes Bassgewaber, monumental schleppende, krümelige Wummersounds, und anders gemein beißendes zieht sich durch "ant.colony" von Anfang bis Ende mit einer nicht zu unterschätzenden Konsequenz, und gibt nie nach, bis entweder du, oder die CD am Ende ist.

Musik für Menschen, die am liebsten ihre Zeit auf dem Meeresgrund mit ein paar ekelig stacheligen Quallen verbringen. "ant.colony" gibt es übrigens nur bei Ant-Zen Konzerten bzw. als free-give-away bei Bestellungen im hauseigenen Mailorder. (maik höfer)

nocturnal movements
ant-zen provides music of keen interest to dance floor djs. sixteen sweat and grind tracks taken from both ant-zen and hymen records releases contribute to this sampler style of music compilation. punctuated noise, with rhythmic beats, danceable chaos, and entrancing delerium mixtures characterise the basic underlying themes that tie these tracks together. layer over this random variations, such as the occasional down-tempo infusion as heard delivered by silk saw: "safe area" and l'ombre: "disappear"; and then spike into the mix sudden jolts such as hypnoskull: "operation tough guy, but we'll be back", and celluloid mata: "cyborg colony". avid ant-zen music fans will be pleased to find synapscape return with "no fright". most of the other tracks tend to start off with more subtlety and then build into a maddening frenzy of oscillating patterned noises, piercing screamer tones, and altogether floor pounding beats. overall, this makes for a varied sampler platter of what to expect from other ant-zen album releases while holding enough thematic intergrity to play continuously with great satisfaction. ant.colony is not a *for sale* item, but instead is intended as a gift after ten years of continuous service to listeners, writers, and spinners of music by ant-zen. some of the tracks actually appear on cd for the very first time. ant.colony is made available upon purchase of any other ant-zen release as well as at any events support by the availability ant-zen music releases. the main idea here bing to help make the global ant.colony grow! (jett black)

kindamuzik
het duitse industrial/noise-label ant-zen bestaat tien jaar. ter gelegenheid daarvan is deze compilatie verschenen. ant.colony is echter alleen verkrijgbaar bij optredens van ant-zen-bands en voor journalisten en dj's. op deze cd staan alleen maar nummers die al eerder zijn uitgebracht. wel staan er een paar tracks op die voorheen alleen op vinyl zijn verschenen. naast ant-zen-artiesten staan er op ant.colony nummers van hymen-acts, het meer techno-georiënteerde zusterlabel van ant-zen. de compilatie geeft een duidelijk beeld van het repertoire van het label. door de grote diversiteit aan muziek die wordt uitgebracht, in dit toch enigszins beperkte genre, geeft ant-zen blijk een neus te hebben voor goede en innovatieve elektronische muziek uit de hardere hoek. zo staat er naast de industrial/noise van acts als synapscape, celluloid mata en converter ook een mooie sfeervolle soundscape van l'ombre op de cd en een meer ritmische soundscape van morgenstern. dat ant-zen-acts ook nog af en toe een clubhit produceren, zoals ache met 'kiss the whip' en this morn' omina met 'one eyed man', is alleen maar mooi meegenomen voor het label, maar het is geen doel. onlangs is ook nog een dubbele verzamel-cd verschenen, daruma, ter gelegenheid van het tienjarig bestaan, die wel voor iedereen te krijgen is. bovendien staan daar nieuwe, nog niet eerder verschenen nummers op. het label denkt dus ook nog aan haar fans. (martijn van gessel)

neural.it
compilation celebrativa per i dieci anni della ant-zen, label il cui nome è ormai divenuto identificativo sia per un genere che per una comunità di musicisti ed ascoltatori. o sarebbe meglio dire per la colonia dei fortunati che hanno avuto l'audacia di avvicinarsi al mondo di questo formicaio, magari proprio grazie al disco di cui stiamo parlando. l'introduzione è affidata a p-a-l e realizzata con una voce maschile che sembra tratta da registrazioni anni 50; un suono elettronico ed amplificato pervade l'intera traccia, mentre una sfilza di beat elettronici ci colpisce con imminent starvation, quasi si trattasse di pugni che ci sballottano e ci confondono grazie anche a beep elettronici dal ritmo tribale (ma questa volta l'estasi ha il volto industrial). un po' troppo insipido il mix di percussioni e scratch a cura di silk saw, il quale si salva solo grazie al netto rallentamento inserito nel bel mezzo del brano. un vero terrore avvolge le alterazioni digitali di 'no fright' e la voce di synapscape (che sembra continuamente sputare minacce e odio), subito seguite dai grandi celluloid mata e dalle distorsioni di suono in 'cyber colony'. sono proprio loro a realizzare la traccia simbolo della compilation (e quindi della ant-zen tutta), e se i toni sembrano calmarsi con telerotor e la sua 'karoshi', il tutto si rivela una semplice impressione iniziale che preclude ad un fitto intreccio di percussioni attraversate da freddi tagli digital. hypnoskull si immerge nell'hardcore digitale di 'operation tough boy...', i cui i volumi sono volutamente esagerati tanto da far gracchiare il suono e renderne abrasivo il cantato, tutto l'opposto de l'ombre, che colloca in territori ambient una sfilza di suoni che hanno l'apparenza di spari: un brano che ha l'aria di un ossimoro, dove l'eco svolge una funzione essenziale nel continuo sostituirsi degli elementi sonori e che si spezza con l'arrivo dell'ibridazione hip-hop inventata da asche. restano rinchiusi nella parte finale del cd gli acuti stridori di converter, l'instabilità sfocata e deforme degli eccessi elettro di azure skies, come anche i cori da setta religiosa su un tappeto techno di this morn' omina... e non poteva essere riservata migliore conclusione che ai riferimenti dark spietatamente dolorosi di ars moriendi, i quali chiudono l'album con le chitarre sanguinanti di 'armageddon'. (michele casella)

lafantastique.net
quoi de plus naturel, pour fêter un anniversaire (le xxème en l'occurrence), que de convier ses amis à une soirée souvenir. c'est en puisant dans les plus anciennes et les plus récentes perles du label mythique d'indus-noise (qui doit tant à la belgique) que salt a compilé cet ant.colony. s'il ne s'agit pas ici la première ni la meilleure compilation du label ou du genre, celle-ci a l'avantage de rassembler ce qui se fait de mieux dans le genre depuis toutes ces années. structures minimalistes plombées par des beats lourds et souvent distordus caractérisent le son si particulier des fourmis pour qui l'humour n'est jamais vraiment absent, preuve que l'on peut être des références ans se prendre au sérieux. relevons les excellentes contributions d'imminent starvation (devenu imminent), synapscape, hypnoskull, asche et this morn' omina pour nous convaincre qu'il est des madeleines plus savoureuses que d'autres. (j.c.)

gothic beauty
sixteen sweat and grind tracks taken from both ant-zen and hymen releases contribute to this sampler style of music compilation. punctuated noise, with rhythmic beats, danceable chaos, and entrancing delerium mixtures characterise the basic underlying themes that tie these tracks together. layer over this random variations, such as the occasional down-tempo infusion as heard delivered by silk saw: "safe area" and l'ombre: "disappear"; and then spike into the mix sudden jolts such as hypnoskull: "operation tough guy, but we'll be back", and celluloid mata: "cyborg colony". most of the othert tracks tend to start off with more subtlety and then build into a maddening frenzy of oscillating patterned noises, piercing screamer tones, and altogether floor pounding beats. overall, this makes for a varied sampler platter of what to expect from other ant-zen album releases while holding enough thematic intergrity to play continuously with great satisfaction. (jett black)

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