Developer – OOBR004 C30
Developer is the harsh noise project of Matthew Reis, better known for being the man behind Teeth Collection. Utilizing the catalog numbers as the titles themselves, Developer’s sound is one simultaneously harsh and strange. With smashing industrial sections that constantly devolve into straightforward harsh noise in one way or another, ”OOBR004” takes on a sound that won’t be unfamiliar to harsh noise fans but contributes things like weird field recordings to add a bizarre edge.
The transition here is constant while maintaining a harsh noise base that is just as constant. Everything here is fast and aggressive. Reis utilizes heavy loop usage a la Merzbow tastefully; the hammering industrial rhythms provide a balance to the schizophrenic pacing. There are elements that recur throughout the tape that unify the sound as a whole; this tape may sound random but the composition here is great. Sections range from straightforward feedback assault to distorted rhythmic sections slowly stretching out over time to field recordings and even ambient.
”OOBR004” takes on a sound of classic harsh noise yet adds things to the equation to make Developer’s sound stand out somewhat. In its entirety, this tape isn’t particularly original but would be a good addition to any harsh noise fan’s collection.