act 283 · loss · i am but the sum of my conditions · cd

tracklist:
01 smear
02 cruciation
03 product of a poor self-esteem case two: drunk and delusional
04 session 01
05 instrumental
06 waiting for an answer
07 watching you crumble
08 product of a poor self-esteem case four: the girl with the plastic face
09 memory

loss was created by american artist dan fox out of the need for an outlet. all of loss' work is forged from life experiences built around the concepts of love, hate, sorrow, failure and a strong stance against racism. starting with his own musical experiments in the early 1990s it took years of trial and error until the first release 'a letter that will never be sent' saw the light of day in 2004, followed by the highly acclaimed album 'i kill everything' and the vinyl single 'you are what eats you'. since the beginning loss stood out among other artists of the genre by adding a brutally emotional edge to his music, as his main influence besides industrial projects like numb, synapscape, gridlock and mental destruction continues to be the person dan fox itself using his music as a safe and productive way to deal with the demons inside of him.

the first loss release for seven years is thematically based on the artist's personal experience with his compromised mental state, covering relationships, love, waiting for answers to some of his medical questions, and his quality of life. hardware and software synthesizers, effects, live drums and percussion, live guitar, various methods of sound manipulation and processed vocals have been used to achieve the unique combination of power electronics, dark ambient, and rhythmic noise loss is known for. besides that, mr. fox has the musical chops and emotional nuance the be able to stretch beyond these genres and add in a large amount of catchy melodic lines, splicing together heavily distorted aggression and perfectly orchestrated melancholy.

'i am but the sum of my conditions' is an emotionally intense personal statement by an exceptional artist where sheer force is combined with captivating atmospheres: entrancing, hypnotic and monumental in scope and power - an unforgettable listening experience.

discography 06.2k13:
i am but the sum of my conditions. cd. ant-zen act283. 2013
you are what eats you. 7". spectre s24. 2006
i kill everything. cd. spectre s19. 2005
a letter that will never be sent. 3" cd-r. inner demons ind001. 2004

loss official website:
www.innerdemonsrecords.com
www.facebook.com/innerdemonsrecords

reviews:

a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's webpage:
www.machinistmusic.net

amboss.mag.de
dan fox ist der macher hinter dem amerikanischen industrial / noise projekt loss und schuf dieses ventil aus output seiner vom leben geprägten erfahrungen von hass, trauer, versagen und einer starke haltung gegen rassismus. schon in den frühen 90ern erschuf er seine ersten stücke und ist der musik bis heute treu geblieben. vor allem das 2004er werk "i kill everything" hat dabei hohe anerkennung bekommen. den namen loss selber benutzt er erst seit etwa sieben jahren und "i am but the sum of my conditions" ist sein neuster streich die hörerschaft mit jeder menge rhythmischen krach zu verwöhnen. gleich der opener "smear" begeistert mich auf anhieb mit seinen fiesen und dreckigen sounds die fast im ohr schmerzen und durch bedrohliche beats eine sensationelle grundstimmung bekommen. die drumings, die mich sehr an dive der 90er erinnern und der bedrohlich entartete gesang machen das gesamterlebnis perfekt. "cruciation" ist sehr zerfahren und konfus aufgebaut was mich bei einer spielzeit von über acht minuten durchaus kürre macht. es sind aber vor allem die danach folgenden sehr langsamen titel, die mir aber auch ausgesprochen gut gefallen. unheimliche langsame noise sequenzer reißen bis ans äußerste, als kontrast dazu sind da sehr schöne synthieflächen, die fast beruhigend wirken. gute beispiele sind da die stücke "a poor self-esteem case two- drunk and delusional" und "session01? die eine sensationelle ruhige bisweilen sogar romantische seite dieses projektes zeigen. diese verhaltene phase im album zeigt sich dann doch tatsächlich relativ ausgeprägt und lang. hätte man so nach den ersten zwei titel nicht erwarten müssen. so ist dann erst das letzte stück "memory" im ansatz noch etwas energischer, aber in summe ist dieses album dann doch eher ein dark ambient werk mit noise elementen welches in seiner harmonischen ausprägung eine geniale akustische aura zu erzeugen vermag. (michi)

ikonenmagazin.de
"i am but the sum of my conditions" - bereits der titel fasst das neue album des amerikanischen post-industrial projekts loss in verdichteter form zusammen. nach einer pause von über sieben jahren seit der letzten veröffentlichung legt dan fox nun ein werk vor, das sich gerade über sein facettenreichtum, oder schärfer formuliert, über seine stilistische uneinheitlichkeit definiert. während die ersten beiden stück "smear" und "cruciation" durch eine offene akustik sowie rhythmisch-treibende electro-grooves gekennzeichnet sind, schlägt bereits der dritte track "product of a poor self-esteem case two: drunk and delusional" eine andere richtung ein: aggressive verzerrung, verfremdeter schreigesang sowie harte, mechanische percussions zitieren power-electronics und durchbrechen dadurch die zuvor entwickelte atmosphäre. die dann folgenden stücke "session" und "instrumental" fangen diesen bruch erneut ab, greifen ins ambient über und erweitern damit abermals die bandbreite des albums. diese stilistische offenheit und uneindeutigkeit finden ihr äquivalent in der großen anzahl der verwendeten klangerzeuger: synthesizer, gitarren, live-percussions und effekte verbinden sich mit hard- und software in einem brennpunkt vielfältiger klangmanipulationen. in diesem vielgestaltigen soundpool entsteht und definiert sich "i am but the sum of my conditions", um dan fox' komplexen befindlichkeiten eine musikalische entsprechung zu geben. dieses album hat geständnischarakter und kann als geste der bedingungslosen offenlegung des innenlebens seines künstlers gelesen werden. kein noch so tief liegendes trauma, keine noch so verstörende neurose soll verborgen bleiben. das cover zeigt den computer-tomographischen querschnitt eines gehirns in draufsicht. nach mystischer seelenschau, religiöser beichte und psychoanalytischer behandlung verweist diese neurowissenschaftliche ikone unserer gegenwart auf den wachtraum der wissenschaft zu einer restlosen aufklärung der prozesse im subjekt zu gelangen. emotionen werden dabei auf elektrische impulse reduziert und gefühle in einzelnen hirnarealen verortet. nur was sich messen und visualisieren lässt, existiert. mit "i am but the sum of my conditions" hat loss einen ästhetischen und möglicherweise subversiven ansatz gegen dieses hegemoniale modell entwickelt, der auf die komplexität des psychischen innenlebens gerade in form ihrer widersprüchlichkeit und uneindeutigkeit verweist. ein kritischer kommentar auf den reduktionismus der neurowissenschaften und künstlerisch sehr gelungenes album. (patrick kilian)

santa sangre
with the passing of time, for an old listener the area of authentic melodies becomes very restrained. whether you are looking for clearly composed tracks or shocking sounds, you always tend to bring with you certain prejudices and musical souvenirs that affect an actual perception. this relatively common thought came together with the first sounds from the second album released by loss within 7 years on ant-zen in 2013. this first track, "smear", evolves from junk pe noise to elegant trip-hop electronics, the whole sound being sustained by a revolving industrial feeling. thus, from the very beginning of the record expectations are raised with the aid of an original manner of composition, which distinguishes the author from the rest. it's a doom-metal breathing track reloaded in terms of technical procedure, by means of sublime electronica. bearing this in mind it's not difficult to mentally reinterpret this track in the form of a classical sonata. the machinery supervised by daniel fox produces even stranger replicas of the author's imagination on "cruciation". the song departs on heavy basses and unexpectedly turns into a cheerful combination of industrial pounds and kraft-space-rock ambiance. the highly digitalized vocals operate an irritating effect of severe poetry. the musician has a critical view upon society and likely reviews some of its faults from an artistic distance. unarguably, he is subject to the same deficiencies originated from a poor self-esteem, as the third track suggests. the consequences are depicted realistically on this track, "drunk and delusional", a monotonous mind-scanning in the vein of lifeless tracks by propergol. tonality is sublimely reshaped from the noisy rhythmic previous tracks to a melodious, beautifully crafted ambient song called "session 01". it will surely call upon the soul memories from vinterriket or even my dying bride (for my fallen angel) due to a cathartic energy dispersed in its falling part. drum'n'noise, disco digital music or distorted beats are ingredients that generally turn music into an emotionless body rave. the american artist has learnt, during his long and painful musicianship, to revive these mechanic sounds and effects by endowing these amorphic ambiances with an innermost, highly charged passion. take the "instrumental" track; vocals, digital distortion, clicks, noises and beats...but what a strange glamour invades these seemingly lifeless sounds! the same goes for "waiting for an answer", a track that overcomes the apparent bareness and monotony, with a deep psychological sound effect. the power of suggestion through music sometimes works even better than a tactile reproduction of a disastrous event. this is the case with "watching you crumble" that starts with noise-walls increasing in ferocity and then slowly calming down and gaining a second position as a background. on this noise-built structure a delicate electronic elegy takes place, used to portray by almost imperceptible beeping brushes an all too human figure tainted by paleness and disconsolation. this dramatically meditative tonality hovers again on the next track, where a neoclassical melodic line is accompanied by prolix and refined noise effects. "the girl with the plastic face" gains in consistency and rhythm, while still maintaining the same mournful melody that remotely reminds me of sopor aeternus's "resume". ndeed, perhaps here more than ever, the artist proves his ability of playing with an impressive range of sounds and of arranging them with great skill in a picture of authentic mastery. just ponder on the final track, "memory", and be impressed once again by the art of collage that daniel fox has greatly mastered: sound effects originating from definitely incongruent sources are combined and juxtaposed with great care and solicitude for a very emotive sort of music. daniel fox has the formation of a classical composer (and i would consider here the baroque period with albinoni or handel as more resembling to his musical approach) that has switched the orchestra and musical instruments with hardware and corresponding software. "i am but the sum of my conditions", beyond its cynical metaphoric cliché, is intended to be the sum of the artist's musical elements that he accumulated and endowed with his personal emotions, a sum of unconditional beauty.

black online
das erste bzw. letzte album des amerikaners dan fox alias loss ist jetzt schon einige jahre her, denn "i kill everything" erschien im jahre 2005 beim belgischen spectre-label. wenn man aber der oft in diesem zusammenhang kolportierte aussage glauben mag, dass das projekt loss der ausdruck des kampfes mit seinen inneren dämonen ist, mag diese behauptung wirklich kaum weiter verwundern, denn so eine berg- und talfahrt vertont man nicht so einfach jedes jahr aufs neue. mit "i am but the sum of my conditions" prallen nun ein weiteres mal power electronics, rhythm industrial, doom electro und dark ambient ungebremst aufeinander, wobei dieser "kessel buntes" von den stark verfremdet wie gequält klingenden vocals und sehr dominanten melodien zusammengehalten wird. gerade letztere verleihen den insgesamt 9 tracks etwas hymnisches und lassen seinen rund eine stunde währenden kampf um so intensiver erscheinen. am ehesten ist diese ungewöhnliche wie seltene genre-mischung noch mit den schwedischen mental destruction zu vergleichen, welche ja leider seit geraumer zeit in der versenkung verschwunden sind. wer also krachige abwechslung wie aus einem guss und voller hintergründiger details sucht, ist mit der zweiten cd von loss bestens beraten! (marco fiebag)

chain d.l.k.
the man behind loss, dan fox, has some personal issues he would like to share with you. the inside of the liner notes have no lyrics; it simply reads, 'no one hurts me like i do.' you get a sense that this isn't going to be feel-good party music, and you would be right. the label describes this release as 'thematically based on the artist's personal experience with his compromised mental state, covering relationships, love, waiting for answers to some of his medical questions, and his quality of life ... 'i am but the sum of my conditions' is an emotionally intense personal statement by an exceptional artist where sheer force is combined with captivating atmospheres: entrancing, hypnotic and monumental in scope and power - an unforgettable listening experience." i have made it no secret that loss's 'a letter that will never be sent' stands as one of the pinnacles of power electronics for me, so i was interested to see what he has done lately. on this album we see an evolution of loss's style with some more beat-driven compositions than on previous releases i have reviewed. this makes sense in light of his move to ant-zen, but the dark symphonic elements he is known for are still present and accounted for. the heavy emotional content likewise remains. this is a glimpse into fox's life, with tracks such as 'product of a poor self-esteem case two: drunk and delusional' opening up with an answering machine message from a woman who sounds like she is breaking up with him with the sample 'i know you don't care' repeated throughout the song as fox screams heavily distorted vocals. but this is not all noise; tracks like 'session 01' demonstrate that fox has an ear for composition with a melancholy synth track over dejected, pitch-shifted lyrics. others just take you on an aural descent into despair, such as 'waiting for an answer,' which has no vocals ' just drone with a heavy sense of foreboding, and 'product of a poor self-esteem case four: the girl with the plastic face,' which is a flowing orchestral number with a nicely contrasting crunchy staccato rhythm. others, like 'watching you crumble' and 'memory' are old school loss. overall, this is a safe way to walk through the bad part of town in the city of human emotions with loss as your guide. i hope he feels better after getting this all off his chest. but he probably doesn't. this album weighs in at around 61 minutes.

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