Autopoiesis pic-LP Small Voices
2003, the German post-industrial duo Troum completed
their celebrated Tjukurrpa-trilogy. Each of the
three records concentrated on the aesthetic fundamentals
of their work: harmonies, drones, and rhythms. At the
same time, the trilogy was inscribed with the metaphorical
themes relating to Aboriginal dreamtime. If this mighty
body of work had one flaw, it was the way the formalist
agenda of this series trumped Troums ongoing investigations
into hypnogogic states and the psychological impact
of sound. Troum have been at their best when the sonic
elements of their work play off each other and run in
parallel with their conceptual ideas. The vinyl-only
picture disc Autopoiesis finds Troum at the top
of their game, as their guitars and bass, heavily fortified
with effects, drift through miasmic washes. When suspending
their drones as lugubrious slabs of sound, Troum emerge
as a brooding doppleganger of the shoegazer ethos. And
throughout Autopoiesis, they vulcanise their
drone into chugging riff and darkly majestic melodies.
[Jim Haynes, THE WIRE]
"Ajin" Equation Records
by Jon Whitney Sunday, 29 January 2006
Danbury, CT-based Equation Records is home to Troum's
latest release: a fantastic picture 12" disc LP
with four new Troum mini-masterpieces, limited to 500
copies and hand numbered with as much loving care as
Troum put into their music.
Troum are known and worshipped (in unfairly small numbers)
for their vast, gorgeous soundscapes, this time, they
sound far more aggressive and serious. The 'open' side
begins forcefully with "Tatan," as its relentless,
echoed, driving rhythm is decorated with the bleeding
howls of guitar noises and ghostly sounds. "Aurddrach"
eases in more quietly, with a signature Troum depth-defying
sound and a faster paced, but more subtle rhythmic loop.
Both rhythm and atmosphere build concurrently until
the sound is so massive, and then it breaks, quieting
down, as if they're laying a beast to rest.
'closed' side is far more reserved, contained, and concealed.
Rhtyhms of "Chertanovo" only barely evolve
after about four minutes into the piece, and even then,
they're provided by the echoes of the main sound sources,
which are thunderous and rumbling. It's like being hidden
deep, beneath the earth in the massive darkness, where
only a few glimmers of light can be seen through cracks
far above. "Chertanovo" doesn't make a grand
exit, it only creeps off into the infinite darkness.
"Yemanja" ends the release with a sad and
slow anthemic melody. Elongated and emotional, it's
a reminder that it's almost criminal that Troum aren't
as praised as much as the bands like Sunn O))) and Godspeed
who have followed their foosteps on the same trails,
but have reached different peaks and valleys in their
TROUM :: Tjukurrpa (Part Three: Rhythms and Pulsations)
" CD: Transgredient Records " . . . . . >> Troum have
truly developed this series like fine art. Tjukurrpa
is the equivalent of an aural locomotive in one ear,
while acting as a psychedelic elixir in the other. How
can the power of sound be designed to be disturbingly
curious and larger than life? Ask Glit[S]ch and Baraka[H]
who after disbanding their legendary industrial/ambient
project Maeror Tri in 1996 have since branched out into
a significant niche, a sound territory of their own.
The recording is deftly wide in scope and dark in every
corner, almost tribally spiritual, having more in common
with Gamelan than Black Sabbath, but there is a furious
(if not totally understated) nod to the latter's "Iron
Man" on the bass boom of "Orphne." This is one of those
rare records that only rolls around once a decade and
is worshipped by too few, misunderstood, and out of
its era to some. One thing is for sure; when a disc
simulates the physical manifestations of a Cecil Taylor
live concert something is perfectly trembling in my
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is implacable, it's going away quickly, so there is
the closing part of the trilogy, but also new self-dependent
album. Like the pillars of fire emerging from darkness,
the reflections of the ancient rites permeating our
very entity and throwing the light from the inside.
No, you will not hear the rhythms here, there is no
rhythm in straight modern meaning of this word. Like
the lonely dancer moving still in the total silence,
music will give the physical tension to your body, preparing
it for the rush. Suddenly, the whole power flowing direction
is turning around, only breathing aural halo remains,
preventing you from the flashing vehemence.
global rhythm of the album is just like a biorhythm,
it become the final shape depending on the many individual
elements. Devouring or emphasizing each other, they
develop inside the organism and join insensibly to our
attitude, becoming habitual part of it like breathing
or palpitation. The standard rhythmical structures can
just diversify the physical course of time sensation
- unlike that, Troum music embraces all association
models control in the human brain, so it will enchant
you and not let you go... despite your frame of mind
and inclination. 04-01/04 DMITRY VASILYEV, IEM magazine
the release of this third part of Tjurkurrpa, Troum
finishes their trilogy. The first was subtitled 'Harmonies'
(see Vital Weekly 260) and the second 'Drones' (see
Vital Weekly 308) and now they explore 'rhythms and
is a German duo who play a wide variety of instruments,
such a metal percussion, mouth organ, choirs, guitars
and effects and their main interest lies in playing
trance like music that can't be rationally accessed.
So the release as a trilogy makes sense. One side dealing
with harmonics, one side deals with drones and one aspect
dealing with rhythmic music. It's music that plays with
your (sub-) consciousness.
maybe strange to hear Troum playing more rhythmically
and up-tempo music, but it perfectely makes sense, at
least to me. Do not expect some techno-trance music,
but rather minimal, pulsating, beat related music.
are minimal, but with small changes in texture and colour.
On top they add more colour from using various sounds,
playing around with sound effects and equalization.
More then on their previous releases, there are traces
of Zoviet*France like music, especially on their early
records, but if there is one really good lo-fi ambient
industrial band around these days, it's Troum. Their
trilogy is a true masterpiece in the genre. (FdW)
Review of Sigqan published in D-Side
18 (September / October)
each new album, we keep asking ourselves how the music
of Troum could be so successful. How such an assemblage
of drones and organic instruments could contain such
a notion of absolute ? Recorded on the basis of a live
reworked in studio, "Sigqan" doesn't fail
to this rule with its three long enveloping tracks which
evoke a thousand worlds by a simple large tone variation,
where the meditative stance of the guitar drones - with
a power rarely seen elsewhere- combines with accordions
and muffled voices, distant breaths. Troubled dreams
for upcoming nights...
The french version:
a chaque nouvel album, on se demande comment la musique
de Troum peut être si réussie.Comment
un tel assemblage de drones et d'instruments organiques
peut-il contenir en lui une telle notion d'absolu ?
Enregistré à partir d'un live retravaillé en studio,
"Sigqan" ne déroge pas à la règle avec ses
trois longs titres enveloppants qui parviennent à évoquer
mille mondes en une ample variation de ton, où le recueillement
des drones de guitare, d'une puissance rarement atteinte,
se marie à des accordéons et des voix étouffées, des
souffles lointains. Des rêves troublés pour les nuits
"Sigqan" - Desolation House
beneath the ocean is a world of mystery, wonder, darkness,
and danger. Even if it weren't for the cover art of
this German duo's brilliant new album, there is unmistakably
no other place in the universe that has influenced the
sounds and movement of what is represented within. These
drones are not passive in the least. The depth and volume
are all encompassing, and moving slowly but steadily
like an ancient and lonely large whale through the graveyards
of shipwrecks, at the very beginning of the food chain
in which all living creatures depend. Recorded live
in the studio without overdubs, the first two parts
are based on live performances the band was touring
around with in 2001, the first being a dark blue rumble,
heavy on the low end and marked by patient melodic movement,
the second with swirling guitar strums and leads like
the sun coming through in bended bands of beams: flickering,
reflected, and refracted.
intangible overwhelming feeling of weight and pressure
is unavoidable and inescapable, like being frozen in
a dream, unable to move, but calm and comforting all
the same. Around the half-way mark, it dips back into
the darker regions as pitch and pace slow down deeper
and deeper and deeper and deeper yet into the cold,
black unknown. The third part was recorded as an afterthought,
and is described as a new ending. Its brightness and
chugging backwards-sounding guitars brilliantly accent
the feel that it is a journey which is reaching its
end. At this point, it feels that the central figure
in the journey seems to be a vessyl of some sort, and
the 16-minute Part 3 is thematic of a glorious resurfacing,
reintroduction to the bright light of day, and returning
to solid ground. But, as the brightness comes, so does
an ominous sense that all might not be right. The world
looks different than before, the places are familiar
but everything's seemed to have changed. The credits
may roll but this is certainly not the end. - Jon
- Desolation House
Christ !!!. Troum which was members of Maeror Tri. Can
just do no wrong. Bleak, Drifting Dark Sounds mix with
a feeling of reflection and loss no other band can come
even close too. and its all done with electric
guitars, e-bow, accordion, our voices. The sound quality
on here is top notch too you can hear every delicate
feature. If your a fan of mood Music or Music that can
change your emotions. You have to get Siggan as Troum
are second to none. As Always Desolation House has packaged
it in a breath taking 6 Panel digi pak.
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TROUM - Darve sh - 10" - 2 tracks - Beta-lactam Ring
Records - 2003
release by the masters of 'Tiefenmusik', this 10" titled
'Darve sh' is the part 10 (of 12 records) in the Lactamase
series released by Beta-lactam Ring Records. As the
title suggest it, the famous German duo offers, here,
their musical vision of the Whirling-dervish.
to all their excellent previous productions where the
sound could be described as dark atmospheric ambient
industrial, the 'Darve sh' sonorities are less dreamlike
and sound more pulsing, hypnotic, whirling... to bring
the listeners to the limits of trance... The masterful
first track (titled 'derve sh' as the second one) begins
as a wave that immediately catches and drags you in
the giddy whirl.
Based on repetitive loops, rotating and hypnotic sound
waves, deformed voices... the intensity grows, minute
after minute... to go beyond the state of trance...
where the mind reaches the 'doors' of Enlightenment…
Then, the second side can be played and the musical
atmosphere can explore the ritual and ecstatic sates
of this spiritual experience...
A new musical exploration from Troum that proves the
huge talent of this influential duo to express the best
trance-inducing potential of music...
10" is a limited and numbered edition of 500 copies.
F. - Heimdallr,
a French web/magazine.
Symbiosis is the latest offering
from those warriors of the subconscious Troum.
- Symbiosis miniCD on Transgredient Records TR-002
Symbiosis is the latest offering from those warriors
of the subconscious Troum. This dinky mini-CD in hand-printed
sleeve gives us a 20min+ window on their impeccable
and highly individual use of the humble guitar.
Surrendering their usual lengthy journeys to the constraints
of the format we find them in a simplistic understated
mood for this 5 track EP.
Like the sound of light refracted around a room track
one is cut like crystal. The notes slowly folding over
each other in multiple reflections describing a slow
spiralling descent. Later the sound becomes suspended
then fades any all to quickly leaving you with a taste
for the ephemeral and a pleasing reminder of Eyeless
in Gaza's more instrumental moments.
track two develops into a drone, each note contributes
to the tracks building intensity. Every note is seemingly
immortal, their circlulative echoes providing that subliminal
distortion that I've always found pleasing in Troums
work. The hum pulsates deep below every subsequent input
then scatters in pollinating splendour.
three is my favourite with it's slow dulcimer like fragility.
It seems to retract and advice hypnotically, shimmering
in saturated Tsaresque hues. Lovely-sustained echoes
dance solemnly between the speakers - a real treat on
next track aquires a more optimistic mood building until
a single percussive string washes it all away. The disc
ends with a backward mastering of possibly the first
track or a reworking from Tjukkurrpa pt.1 I'm not sure.
The sound continually strips away itself until there's
elegant end to a short lived pleasure and I'm eager
to hear more - By
& YEN POX "Mnemonic Induction" CD, 2002
A more than sixty one minute colossal piece divided
into four large sections without discontinuity is the
result of the collaborative effort by this couple of
well known German and US based artists. An enormous
cut so subtly evolving that you should devour it without
a single breath in order to crumble its content up,
since it develops Troums philosophy of music as
pure emotion that finds the direct way to the unconsciousness;
but with the extra spice of the dark soundscapes of
its American partner, generating (both together with
Moljebka Pvlses release on CMI) the perfect droning
evocative experience of 2002.
This is the case
of an album created to go right through your brain and
discover some of its usually unused or forgotten parts,
to pull out memories you didnt know you had, to
discover an inner state you didnt know you could.
The only way to know what is inside of this round piece
of plastic is experiencing it and reaching the necessary
profundity that this sleeping monster deserves. Probably
your consciousness wont recognize what has happened
after the playing concludes, youll try to describe
the music and youll can only say that it was an
immense layer alive.
And because in fact, theres
a lot inside: emerging from the rumbling background
theres a dynamic structure of sinister melodies
and suggestive resonances (probably the most noticeable
shade of Yen Pox) that go ahead along the growing path
that the deep current follows, proving how well the
collaboration succeeds. In fact, the meeting could have
been under a new moniker created for the occasion, but
this way is highly representative of what you can expect
here: actually Troum and Yen Pox making their best together,
its that easy.
To bring to a close, a
special mention should be done regarding the amazing
work by the Malignant Mastering Service, which has achieved
such an extreme use of the low frequencies that you
should avoid playing this through sensitive low quality
speakers if you still want them. The accurate sonic
train for such an amazing dream-like passage.
Highly elaborated experimentations in sound without
missing the creepy touch, although a solid construction
more than just a simple blend of styles or the anecdotal
reunion of two respected artists. This time 1 + 1 equals
Marcos Alcocer - SEKÜENCIAS
press release from Malignant Records:
AVAILABLE Yen Pox/Troum - Mnemonic Induction CD (TumorCD17)
their separate history as masters of droning atmospherics,
and their mutual admiration for each others work, a
collaboration seemed only natural. Now, after years
of discussion, Mnemonic Induction has finally materialized,
resulting (not surprisingly) in one of the greatest,
most mind bending works of dark ambient ever.
A 60 plus minute exploration through nebulous, grey
areas of the mind…expansive drones and spiraling vortex'
of sound that hover near the shadowy, distorted zones
of a nightmare before ascending to mountainous heights
and dense, billowing climaxes. This has a remarkable,
liquidous feel that unfolds in a fluid, intense nature…patterns
converge and meld seamlessly as layers of sound are
added and subtracted; thundering lows rise up from the
abyss, and spiral into the stratosphere, only to dissipate
into a vacuumous black hole. The effect is something
that plays on the mind, recalling moments before complete
wakefulness exists…a tattered and restless dream state
where images & thoughts flicker and appear from a fog.
by Stephen O'Malley, housed in an attractive eight panel
digipak with thoughtful text. One of our proudest moments,
and one that set's the stage for some high quality dark
ambient releases forthcoming later in the year. (Malignant
word on the artwork from Stephen O'Malley:
aspects are very complimentary to the sounds as I saw
them, and to the fact of the sound's value as a denominator
of imagination. The
colour scheme stands as a waking dream, the way I interpreted
the liner notes... the state of mind before language/consciousness
came into being with life on earth. Which still exists
in everyone's mind of course, but which is increasingly
cast over by rational thought and entanglement with
the state of thought around consciousness in our society.
organizational patterns around language are the basic
foundations of conscious thought, where the subconscious
is something we encounter in one example: music without
word. It's a palette or canvas to be interpreted by
those root thoughts if one allows. I tried to get this
across in the artwork, to compliment these ideas. malignantrecords.com
INDUCTION" collaboration - CD with US dark ambient masters
YEN POX out very soon on Malignant Records (www.malignantrecords.com)
step towards unconsciousness, estrangement and self-knowledge.
Having plunged so deep into one's inner space one risks
never to come back again. Roaming about the corridors
of your own soul, try not to get lost completely. -
Nikolai Kiryukhin, STEREO
& VIDEO, www.stereo.ru
The acoustic spectrum of Troum music is somewhere between
quiet meditation, pulsing groove and soundwall chaos,
but in very abstract way of feel. Dark and ritualistic
tones have nothing to do with depression, but with highness
of emotions... - Dmitry Vasilyev, IEM Magazine
in most cases, invocations of dream imagery plants the
author within the shiny happy world of new age. this
is not so for troum, whose dreams must be plagued by
grim visions of shadowy archons, as their monumentally
dark and surprisingly beautiful drones cast from post-my
bloody valentine guitar reverberations do not equate
with an easy sleep. - Jim Haynes, WIRE
TWO: Drones (Transgredient)
I had always enjoyed what I've heard from Troum and
Maeror Tri, it was the first part in their 'Trilogy'
('Harmonies') which made me fall in love.
however, as the second part in the trilogy is not nearly
as gentle as part one.
Ironically, 'Drones' is not 100% drones, a characteristic
of a number of their other releases. The music is much
darker, heavier, lower pitched, and with a scattering
of sound effects which border on abrasiveness.
While 'Harmonies' was bright and angelic, 'Drones' is
most certainly haunting and creepy. Far from minimalistic
drone, Troum's recipes never call for software. This
time around, the duo have been expanding on mutating
loops originating from metal and percussive sounds to
guitars and choir samples.
with mangled electronics mimicing a vicious robotic
dog, it's not long before the fog-like sound drifts
in, oppressive with low, rumbling undertones. Heavily
processed sounds echo and resonate, far removed from
their original state, as the disc creeps through the
five tracks, slowly like a World War 2 submarine, far
beneath the surface, lost in the darkness. Sounds which
no longer resemble their origins become muffled thumpings
and low-end filtered feedbacks building upon themselves,
always approaching (but never quite reaching) noise.
It continues to the end, where an angelic choral loop
underlines the sound as the lower frequency sounds flourish
in the foreground.
the humanity—it's as if the submarine sank to the bottom
of the ocean.
It ends all too quickly.
Did they survive? Stay tuned for the third in the trilogy
If the drones you crave are more Stars
of the Lid pretty, seek part one, if they fall more
on the Zoviet France side, part two will certainly please.
2002 feb 4-
Jon Whitney turbid.com
- Tjukurrpa I
Part One : Harmonies (Transgredient)
In the beginning there was... the Word? The Act?
No, there was the Drone.
if no one did deep-dream drone like Maeror Tri, no one
does it like Troum, Maeror Tri's successor. Troum's
two dreamweavers use no synthesizers, only guitars,
bass, wordless voices, and accordion, in realizing the
"dreams dreamed by dreamers who are awake."
Tjukurrpa trilogy, taken from an Aboriginal word for
"dreamtime," isolates and highlights Troum's
main attributes: harmonies, drones, and pulsations.
first volume plays up the duo's lofty, liquid melodies,
while taking in the history of drone musics - from the
primordial roar of the didjeridu through Eno's airport
ambience. Cello-like undertones give way to the celestial
swirl of illusory strings in opener "Wrota Sfer."
The star-scaling "Licht- randung" plays like
the overture to a world's first dawn, recalling the
Auroral symphonics of Stars of the Lid. "Gluoen"
borrows the massed, sacred harmonies of the Seraphic
choir. There's cabalistic innuendo in "Zayin"
and "Mada Shaunda," as though the keys of
Making and Unmaking have been encoded within each deliberate
involution. "Skaunieiis" makes the album's
bid for unutterable beauty with infinitely rippling
guitars. Troum reserves its most stellar vision for
last, observing the choreography of night from its point
of creation in "Mirrored in You (Dedicated to Martyn
you're at all partial to the exploits of more celebrated
dreamstate disciples (you know the names), you owe it
to yourself to investigate Troum and Maeror Tri. Begin
with Tjukurrpa I: Harmonies, as this self-released,
splendidly packaged edition of 500 is sure to disappear
quickly, and move on to Meditamentum 2 (Manifold), an
essential collection of Maeror Tri rarities.
fakejazz.com -- 2001 feb 9 --
Ryna (CD Myotis)
Troum is the next step evolution of Maeror Tri, taking
the highly processed guitar ambiance of their previous
venture and channeling it through a more tumultuous,
volatile outlet. Riqis reverberates
from the voracious maw of a wind tunnel; Tocher
opens in a similar vein, though its tones seem more
subterranean, struggling under the surface, before slipping
through into a completely different land, one littered
with diamonds melted in the incinerator heart of the
earth; rising from the multi-layered drone of Thumus,
distraught impressions like grievous fingernail crescents
dug into the skin, at which point the layers grow even
more voluminous, before dissolving into dust-laden light
particles; Riurja is driven by a primitive
beat, looped crumbling cliffs that are punctuated with
more thundercrack lightening slashing at the disintegrating
ridge, the stalking pace almost musical, melodic.
general feel of the sounds here is reminiscent of the
earth moving, tectonic plates in constant shuffle, the
tracks building and then either shifting or worn away
via attrition. Its as if Maeror Tri learned
to fly through ingenuity, smoke and mirrors, while Troum
has taken the ingenuity, smoke and mirrors and, somehow,
grown wings. Amazing stuff!
MAGAZINE - (JCS:8/9) JC
TROUM - RYNA (CD by Myotis)
TROUM - DAUR (10"
Tri are now officially dead - long live Troum. Two
members of Maeror Tri have been playing intensely in
the last year and now the first productions are available,
and this is their first CD. Packed in an oversized folder
with vague images, this can unmistakably be classified
as ambient industrial. The eight tracks all clock in
at somewhere between 6:40 and 8:30 and they are all
of an unmistakably dark character - organ like guitar
treatments howl by like the wind, or huge thunder storms
being captured on Riqis. Too raw to be ambient by any
means, and too 'soft' to be considered the grandchildren
of Throbbing Gristle. My favourite tracks include 'Thalamus'
and 'Thumus'. The dark atmosphere is kept throughout
the entire CD, and one wished it contained also a bit
more light in this tunnel. But as debut, a damn fine
The blue vinyl captures on one side
'Daur', a beautiful slowly increasing wave of guitars.
The b-side holds two tracks, of which 'Venustas' is
simply beautiful guitar plucking and is a great post
rock doodling (hello Kranky? sign this!). 'Krypte' then
starts out with a bass and more chorused guitars. The
10" is more post rock then the CD and displays
two sides of this young band.
Now of course
I am obliged to say something about the difference between
Maeror Tri and Troum (or that what linked them together),
and I must say that the early Troum reminded me a bit
of the early Maeror Tri (circa their first CD), in a
way it is a much more raw and unpolished diamond.
VITAL WEEKLY 152
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