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

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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.


COVERAGE:
Interview — 15questions
Interview (on creative process) — 15questions
Roundup — Frank Eckert, Motherboard November 2021, Groove.de (German)
Review — Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy #113 (German)
Review — Sergio Amadori, Hibou, Anemone & Bear.
List — Tinnitist
Radio — Free Form Freakout, FFoxy Podcast #191
Radio — RTQE, WORT 89.9FM
Radio — diversified inc., WRUW (Nov. 6th 2021)
Radio — Daniel Blumin, WFMU (Nov. 15th, 2021)
Radio — Spin Age Blasters, WFMU (Oct. 5th, 2021)
Radio — Snackpoint Charlie, WGXC

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