http://www.klangwelt-info.de/ wrote :
16.04.2012 veröffentlichen Nothing But Noise Not Bleeding Red als CD und Vinyl. Das Projekt des Front 242 Masterminds Daniel B. mit den ursprünglichen Front 242 Mitstreiter Dirk Bergen und Erwin Jadot existiert bereits seit zwanzig Jahren!
Motivation ist die Liebe zu frühen analogen Klängen, dementsprechend stimmungsvoll gestaltet sich der Nothing But Noise Sound. Moderne Facetten ergänzen die Idee.
Göttching, frühe Tangerine Dream und sogar David Bowie in seiner Berlin-Phase nennen Nothing But Noise als Ideengeber für ihren sphärischen, fast ambientartigen Klang.
Technisch stellen Moog Voyager, Prophet8, Juno 106 und Arp Odyssey die Basis, aufgenommen wurde Not Bleeding Red in Daniel Bressanuttis Studio.
Kostproben ihres Könnens liefern Nothing But Noise mit dem Albumtrack Mass und Happy Demon ab. Front 242 Freaks werden in einigen Basssequenzen ihre alten Lieblinge wohlwollend erkennen, trotz anderer musikalischer Ausrichtung.
Gavin Bevan on http://www.planetnotion.com/ wrote :
Album Review: Nothing But Noise – Not Bleeding Red
Nothing But Noise are a trio led by Daniel B, seemingly a man for whom sounds are mere play things that can easily be fitted into the square hole. Joined by Dirk Bergen and Erwin Jadot, Nothing But Noise is born from a love of analogue synthesizers. Indeed if you visit their website you can view photos that look like they’re taken from a technology museum; stacks of gear with a spaghetti junction of wires connecting the dots. Holding an affliction for using the old as well as the new, most tracks on Not Bleeding Red cross the 10 minute mark as they create sounds that literally mutate into cosmic stories.
It is this devotion to sound creation and manipulation that in truth, Daniel B & Nothing But Noise should be classed as composers more than artists, as theirs is the sort of material that cannot be created in a day; the length of each track and the way in which they change to different moods, different emotions, points towards this way of thinking too. ‘Gravity’ for instance, mimicking light/hope, death/sadness and plotting/revenge all in 13 minutes.Not Bleeding Red may be similar in sound throughout, but its charm is in what the trio does with this same set of sounds. Moulding them into different situations, almost different space dimensions. ‘CK’, split into two movements begins with a sound commonly associated with a Hollywood created catastrophic event, an evil 2050 dictator goading over what is now his. We then seem to dive underwater, perhaps to meet with the lands rebels? – We’ll all breath underwater then see. The pace quickens as the dictator and his armies are under attack, computerised sounds become jerkier, the warlord overthrown.
Nothing But Noise has been a project twenty years in the making and while we may not see another record from them anytime soon, I think there is more than enough here to digest, translate and put stories too.
Joey on http://dancingrobotmusic.com/ wrote :
Nothing But Noise is helmed by former front man of Front 242; Daniel B and he’s joined by Dirk Bergen and Erwin Jadot. It’s worth starting the review by stating that the sound of Nothing But Noise is incomparable to harsh, aggressive electronica sound of Front 242.
Not Bleeding Red plays out like love note to the pioneers of synth music, a ballad to what can be achieved with enough skill and electronic instrumentation. Each of the 9 tracks on the album weigh in at over 6 minutes with some stepping over the 15 minute mark. Each song feels more like a sonic experiment or musical exploration than a traditional ‘song’. There are no vocals, no middle eights, hooks or callbacks. The album sounds more like the soundtrack for an unmade Stanley Kubrick Sci-Fi film replete with threatening chords, disconcerting screeches and oppressive long basslines.
To place the album on the musical spectrum it’s somewhere in the Venn diagram of Kraftwerk album tracks, Vangelis‘ work on the Blade Runner soundtrack and Neuronium. It’s worth stressing that this is far from ambient music, the pace and intensity of some of the tracks means that Not Bleeding Red is most certainly not background music to relax to.
It’s hard to pick out standout tracks on the album and not because the songs sound to similar. The album has the effect of washing over you and making time a secondary concern. 3.14 Sequence and Mooglish are particularly excellent if we are forced to make a judgement.
Not Bleeding Red may not work for people that are only really interested in the dance music end of the electronic music spectrum. However for those people that interested in skilful, freeform synth manipulation, this a fine example of just what can be achieved with unbridled skill and synthesizers (Moog Voyager, Prophet8, Juno 106 and Arp Odyssey to name a few).
© Bert Strolenberg on http://www.sonicimmersion.org/
NOTHING BUT NOISE
Not Bleeding Red
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Future Noise Music, 2012
Nothing but Noise is a project of Front 242 founder Daniel Bressanutti assisted by former Front 242 member Dirk Bergen and Erwin Jadot.
Don’t be alarmed by the band’s name nor the cover art, as the outcome of "Not Bleeding Red" features a beautiful range of warm analogue sounds and textures. Mind though it’s not about songs in any way or shape as the music is extracted from various freeform analogue synth jams. When listening to the beat-less soundscape recording, one can only think of the synth-driven space rock that surfaced somewhere between 1972 to 1978 and its various progressive moves. These are tracks with no hook presenting a cosmic ballet soundscape. The lovely analogue sounds and groovy bass patterns of Moog and ARP do a great job here along the other vintage synths, bearing that clear Berlin School influence, all culminating in a tantalizing and sometimes profoundly cinematic journey. Its fascinating odyssey eventually rounds out in a more dark sonic environment on the second disc. Here, the music of Node would be a point of reference.
All in all, the adventurous and widescreen ambience of "Not Bleeding Red" comes up close and personal to classic electronic music, venting the airs of Kraftwerk, Jarre and Tangerine Dream in a remarkable, fascinating manner.
Next to the double cd version (containing nine tracks), the album is also available as double vinyl album (holding eight tracks).
Rick Anderson Wrote :
Anyone old enough to remember Belgian industrial music and EBM pioneers Front 242 will likely be expecting something very different from what is offered on this, the debut album from former Front 242 members Daniel B and Dirk Bergen (with Erwin Jadot). The familiar jackboot rhythms and shouting are nowhere to be heard; instead, we get floating clouds of warm analog synthesizer (reportedly including such old-school mainstays as the Moog Voyager, Prophet 8, Juno 106, and even an old Arp Odyssey) buttressed by gently throbbing beats that don't compel dancing as much as they simply create a temporal scaffolding to which the layers of simple melody and complexly layered textures can cling. And that's on disc one; on the second disc, things are even more gauzy and ambient and frequently beatless. The very long suite-form second track (titled "CK" and featuring two subsections, the slyly titled "242 Hurtz" and "Vorspiel") is particularly lovely and also borderline soporific -- the line that separates a track like this from new age music is discomfortingly fuzzy, but nevertheless real and has something to do with musical intelligence, which these guys really do have in abundance. There is darkness in this music, but it's never oppressive; it's consistently attractive, but never cloying or saccharine. And their mastery of these old but still beloved instruments is reflected in the dense complexity of the sonic textures they create, even when the music seems simple enough on the surface. ~ Rick Anderson