Allen Ravenstine — Tyranny of Fiction: Electron Music | Shore Leave | Nautilus | Rue Du Poisson Noir (LP/ CD out on Waveshaper Media)

Genre(s): Electronic Music, Exotica, Hyperreal, Experimental
RIYL: Pere Ubu, Cluster, Giant Claw, John Zorn’s Naked City, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Perrey-Kingsley

Press Release

Allen Ravenstine : Website
Waveshaper Media : Website | Bandcamp

ABOUT: Best known for his turbulent synthesizer futurism in post-punk innovators Pere Ubu, Allen Ravenstine launches a series of four EPs collectively entitled The Tyranny of Fiction. Materializing as a pair of LPs with one EP per side, or as two double CD sets, these works continue to chronicle the approach unveiled on their predecessor, Waiting For The Bomb (2018 ReR Megacorp)

Even within the brief span of each instalment of The Tyranny of Fiction, Ravenstine gleefully embraces a panoply of modalities. Electron Music uses ornery ambient music as its jumping-off point, embarking on excursions into hyperreal chamber music, and swarming sci-fi synthesizer. Shore Leave announces itself with a spartan piano miniature decorated with a soft trickling sound before a meandering into cubist exotica, sinister new age, and 21st century nocturnes. A host of other mongrel styles spill forth over the course of Nautilus. Each track weaves its own wayward travelogue amidst stray bits of audio verité and wafting musical fragrances—by turns tropical and foreboding. Rue De Poisson Noir takes cues from its fragmentary companion, slithering between cinematic intrigue, off-brand jazz, avant-garde mischief, and fried electro without batting an eye.

Interview — 15questions
Interview (on creative process) — 15questions
Year-End List — Tom Recchion, J.G. Thirwell Official Site
Feature — Petr Ferenc, HisVoice
Review — Jason Gross, The Wire
Review — Max Christie, The WholeNote
Review — Steve Pescott, The Sound Projector
Review — Jesse Locke, Musicworks
Review — Henrik Beeke, OxFanzine (German)
Roundup — Frank Eckert, Motherboard November 2021, (German)
Review — Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy #113 (German)
Review — Sergio Amadori, Hibou, Anemone & Bear.
Review — Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews (Electron Music)
Review — Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews (Shore Leave)
Review — Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews (Nautilus)
Review — Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews (Rue Du Poisson Noir)
Review — Norbert Von Fransecky, Musik an Sich (Electron Music, in German)
Review — Norbert Von Fransecky, Musik an Sich (Shore Leave, in German)
Review — Norbert Von Fransecky, Musik an Sich (Nautilus, in German)
Review — Norbert Von Fransecky, Musik an Sich (Rue du Poisson Noir, in German)
Review — Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly
Product Review — Boomkat
List — Robert Christgau Consumer Guide, Jan. 2022
List — A-Musik Staff Picks, November 2021
List — Tinnitist
Radio — The Sound Projector, Resonance FM (Mar. 11, 2022)
Radio — Free Form Freakout, FFFoxy Podcast #197 (Feb. 20, 2022)
Radio — Breaking the Tethers, CJSW (Feb. 14, 2022)
Radio — Standing on the Shoulders, CJSW (Feb. 7, 2022)
Radio — If You Lost Your Horse with Sam Segal, WFMU (Jan 26th, 2022)
Radio — Katharsis/ Processed, CJSW (Jan 23rd, 2022)
Radio — Noise, CJSW (Jan. 20th, 2022)
Radio — Breaking The Tethers, CJSW (Dec. 20th, 2021)
Radio — DareWaves, WRUW (Dec. 1st, 2021)
Radio — DareWaves, WRUW (Nov. 17th, 2021)
Radio — Daniel Blumin, WFMU (Nov. 15th, 2021)
Radio — diversified inc., WRUW (Nov. 6th 2021)
Radio — Bushwick Garage, Radio Free Brooklyn (Nov. 4th, 2021)
Radio — Free Form Freakout, FFoxy Podcast #191 (Oct. 22nd, 2021)
Radio — Snackpoint Charlie, WGXC (Oct. 9th, 2021)
Radio — Spin Age Blasters, WFMU (Oct. 5th, 2021)
Radio — RTQE, WORT 89.9FM (Oct. 7th 2021)
Podcast — The Moderns, Episode 185
Podcast — The Watt From Pedro Show (Nov 26th, 2021)
Podcast — Transmusic Airwaves (Jan. 7th, 2022)
Podcast / Year-End — Transmusic Airwaves (Dec. 31st, 2021)
Podcast — Transmusic Airwaves (Nov. 19th, 2021)

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