act 301 · lustmord · the place where the black stars hang · cd
conceived and produced by b. lustmord at scientific electric, london 1993.
cd gatefold sleeve - heavy black cardboard with anthracite print plus silver
legendary sound artist lustmord (brian williams) has created a sound that created and epitomizes the sub-genre of dark ambient. williams began working under that name in 1980, and since then his dark sound sculptures have been highly influential not only in music genres such as ambient and industrial, but also in film and games.
lustmord's sound investigations are exquisitely crafted manifestations of horror that balance sublime sound references with the body's natural queasiness about ultra-low frequencies. lustmord has previously extracted the eeriness from field recordings made in crypts, caves, and slaughterhouses, and combined it with occasional ritualistic incantations and the haunting wail of tibetan horns. his seamless treatments of acoustic phenomena encased in digitally expanded bass rumbles have the darkly ambient quality of nightmares that take you to the blackest of abysses.
while the earlier lustmord album 'heresy' gave birth to the dark ambient genre, it is 'the place where the black stars hang' that defines it. it's a work regularly cited by critics, audiences and musicians as being amongst the very best and most influential albums of its decade. 'black stars' was remastered in 2006 and it is that version that is represented here. the differences are subtle yet powerful, giving the album a more nuanced feeling of space and detail than ever before. oft imitated, but never equaled, lustmord: the power of sound.
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