1/ Digitaria (Laswell,Ninj) 6.21 2/ Faktura (Laswell) 6.11 3/ Dislocation (Laswell) 8.00 4/ Extinguisher (Musso) 7.49 5/ Third Stage Navigator (Laswell) 9.00 6/ Wird (Laswell) 8.30 Created at Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, New York, Spring 1996 Engineered by Robert Musso Produced by Bill Laswell Track 4 produced by Robert Musso Material Inc.: John Brown Axiom: Bill MurphyBill Laswell: bass, beats, sounds; Ninj (1): sounds, beats; Robert Musso (4): guitars, sounds.
Track 4 performed by Transonic
1996 - Sub Rosa (Belgium), SRV 109(Vinyl) 1996 - Sub Rosa (Belgium), SR 109 (CD)
Dislocation closes out the A-side with some very abstract tones and comes across as a rather scientific approach to drum and bass -- however, this track meanders and doesn't do much which can also be said for Extinguisher, another track that you might envision getting good, but doesn’t in my opinion. There is simply no flow to it, and amidst the percussion workout and an ever peculiar bass line (rather comic, somewhat playful), the track becomes too segmented for my liking. Third Stage Navigator is rather nice with its sharp bass line (but not too sharp) and jazzy percusion. The closer, Wird, is easily the most Laswellian (traditionally) of the lot. Beginning with a gloomy intro, the track heads into some eastern rhythms (not that unlike Laswell's Material project) and some jazzy breaks -- it's easily the jewel of the lot as well. In short, Oscillations comprises six movements of exploratory drum and bass that can take you anywhere from Bourbon Street to the Bell labs. Some trips good-- some trips bad.
Aaron (courtesy of the Surveillance website)