Yavin 4 Otherworld Technologies
By Marcus Pan
Easily one of the darkest
industrial CDs to cross my desk, Yavin 4 could just as well be Laether Strip or
Armageddon Dildos in disguise. Out on the Negative Gain label, Otherworld
Technologies is a throwback to 80s level Euro-industrial styles and sounds.
Made up of Oliver Taranczewsky and Stefan Voigt, Yavin 4 steep all their sounds
in as much black laced samples and synthwork as they can muster.
Listening to Yavin 4 can lead to such medical difficulties
as difficulty to concentrate, manic and/or schizophrenic driven depression and
anxieties and at times you can almost hear your heart cry and your brain bleed.
Almost like the duo has channeled as much evil as possible into Otherworld
Technologies. It's a long CD as well, with fifteen tracks. The opening
Republic of Voices starts us off with a swift EBM tack interspersed with
dark and metallic edged vocal samples. It's hard to tell what here is lyrics
and what here is sampled...an interesting example of cacophony controlled.
We get predominantly Kraftwerkian with Solid
Extension thereafter on track two. And by the time one of my favorites of
Otherworld Technologies bops along on track four, Dream Operator,
we've entered into some Sputnikesque grooves. Momentarily Plasma Sleep
trances us into a comfortable feeling so that the darkness of preceding tracks
can be pushed back at least temporarily. The repose is over quickly as Alien
Intruder sci-fi's its way from the disc. Not as dark as its surrounding
tracks, it brings a swiftly moving techno rhythm midway through the CD.
Track 10 has the trip-hoppy, electro bopping We Have
Electric Sheep. I'm guessing a tribute to Philip K. Dick(1), of course. The
funky bass rhythm that infuses in along with lyrics is smooth and well played.
Not long thereafter we enter remix territory at the end of Otherworld
Technolgies with Pzychobitch, DJ Ram and Cruciform Injection showing
their takes on Yavin 4's music.
Yavin 4's Otherworld Technoligies certainly is one of
the better industrial CDs to hit me. Very dark, rhythmic, pulsating and
interesting it should move most dancefloors. Any fans of the old
Euro-industrial genre will definitely enjoy what Yavin 4 has for you, even with
the psychological damage it very well could entail.
Post: 109 N. 3rd St., Apt. B, Geneva, IL, 60134, USA
(1) His book, Do Androids Dream of Electric
Sheep, is a classic in the hard science fiction genre and was
reviewed in Legends #97.
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