buy this item on itunes
buy this item on emusic

act 95 · ultra milkmaids + celluloïd mata · acti-room · 10" vinyl

a hybrid of smooth electronic, ambient soundscapes combined with subliminal noises and meditative minimalism to frame a multitude of emotions and spheres a collaboration work of the french artists ultra milkmaids and celluloïd mata. limited 473 copies. deleted

tracklist:
orion, roum, wendy, actifed

homepage noosa hedz: www.zone51.com/noosahedz

homepage celluloid mata: www.zone51.com/mata

homepage ultra milkmaids: www.zone51.com/milkiemusic

reviews:

orkus, dezember '99/januar 2000
diese kollaboration zweier namhafter, französischer ambient-industrial-acts fällt trotz ihrer vinyloiden erscheinungsform nicht nur in das gebiet der fanatischen jäger und sammler. hinter dem hübschen grünen cover verbergen sich vier ambient-rituelle tracks mit "warp"-mäžigem intelligent-listening-einschlag, die auch auf cd nicht ihre daseinsberechtigung verlieren würden. trotz der monoton-schleppenden bassfiguren geben sich die stücke mit ihren fein ausgearbeiteten soundscapes, geräuschen und melodieansätzen betont zurückhaltend und vermeiden in sehr britischer manier jegliche effekthascherei. liebhaber anglophilen ambient-stews bekommen aber immer noch genügend psychedelische beeps und blubbs geboten, um sich in melancholischer ruhe ihren postmodernen tagträumen hingeben zu können.

bodystyler # 31 oktober/november 1999
ant-zen bewegt sich immer weiter weg vom krach vergangener tage. das beweist nicht nur die flut der exzellenten veröffentlichungen auf dem unterlabel hymen, das sich den grenzbereichen von old school industrial und neuerer elektronik verschrieben hat, sonder auch die letzten werke auf dem mutterlabel. die belgier ultra milkmaids und celluloid mata präsentieren vier makelose ambient sphärentracks, die man eigentlich eher auf den englischen elektronikavantgarde labeln erwartet hätte. wabernde rhythmusgeflechte. die angenehm intelligent vor sich hinsäuseln und eine wärme austrahlen, die sich so gar nicht mit dem power noise image von ant-zen vereinen mögen. von glück kann man da nur sagen, denn nur so sind die synergieeffekte und impulsaustausche zwischen beiden lagern möglich, die so geniales wie imminent starvation, p.a.l. oder vromb hervorbringen. (till)

recycleyourears
the "acti-room" is the product of the collaboration of two french bands who have recently released albums on ant-zen. the bands' sounds are originally quite different and the experimental/soft touch of ultra milkmaids had to deal here with the repetitive industrial loops of celluloïd mata. well, the offspring is, at least, prodigal. it all starts with "orion", a soft trancey track with a very nice melodic (very ultra milkmaids-like) background, that reminds me of substanz t's "sirius b kontakt", which is a compliment. this is a beautiful track, gentle but hypnotic, that would alone justify the purchase of "acti-room". however, the rest of the 10" is almost as good. "roum" takes the same flow and soft, almost nostalgic feeling, but features a semi tribal drumming, as well as some other light noises. very good track too. "wendy 1028" is a bit different. based on a more industrial soundscapes, it doesn't have the some "movement", but gets really good when a strange, plaintive violin is added to the violin. finally, "actifed" is more structured, combining various calm sounds and clicks in a very melodic way.all in all, "acti-room" is an excellent release. the four tracks are soft, beautiful and breathtaking. even if it sounds closest to ultra milkmaids than to celluloïd mata (for this is rather calm). this 10" will stay forever on your turntable, and this is clearly one of my favorite ant-zen releases ever.

seven
on this collaboration release i was pleased to find more influences of ultra milkmaids than celluloïd mata. both artists' contributions are quite apparent; celluloïd mata adds minimal structure to the mellow persistent waves of soft ambience constructed by ultra milkmaids. best elements from both bands have been combined, and together they fill in the gaps in the original releases. if you thought that percussive arrangements by celluloïd mata would really benefit from some atmospheric elements, or if you expected more structure from ultra milkmaids, this record would be the one to listen to. throughout all tracks minimal warm keys are accompanied by atmospheric sweeps and hisses, bleeps and atonal sounds - all the recognizable elements of ultra miklmaids. at the same time darker edge has been introduced into the mix, resulting in a peculiar atmosphere. delicacy of ultra milkmaids sound is contrasted by heavier percussion on "actified" (by far my favorite on this record) and by darker atmospheric edge on "wendi" - both times a perfect combination. both "orion" and "roum" are heavily influenced by ultra milkmaids with minimal percussion on the background. both french artists present this hybrid of smooth electronics and hypnotizing minimal passages, the sound that seems to assimilate the best from both musicians

back - next - overview