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ILLUSION OF SAFETY SURRENDER
Format: ProCDr unlimited & limited edition of 100 cobalt pro dubbed cassettes
8 new tracks composed by Dan Burke 2013 utilizing modular & digital synthesis, field recordings, guitar, & sampling.
ready to give up
east of easement
access to core
"Illusion of Safety, just passing its 30th year since inception, is often regarded as the innovator of "ambient industrial". Despite having traversed nearly every arena of the experimental milieu, performed prestigious fests all over the world, and collaborated with some of widest ranging and heaviest hitting of the avante garde, core member/founder Daniel Burke has both shown a return to form and a veritable bouquet of new frontiers in his most recent outing, "Surrender". In just under 60 minutes, the listener is taken on a dizzying carousel ride where everything but the kitchen sink is employed to weave a deeply personal (abstract, wordless) narrative that comes off as minimalistic, condensed, and bombastic. But at the same time, it is a constantly shifting, complex and ornate grid iron amalgam of genuine enthusiasm and horror. Recommended if you like a complete disregard for the myopic trappings and short sighted formulae of contemporary sound art today. "
Drone Records Press Release
ILLUSION OF SAFETY started in Chicago almost 30 years ago with their vision of
dark & morbid atmospheric industrial music and soon became one of the
inventors of what was then called 'Ambient Industrial', the marriage of these two
very different styles & approaches. Since then, IOS never failed to surprise their
listeners, going through many musical changes with various live members using
elements of improvisation, electro-acoustic music, sound collages, sublime
drones (especially in the 90's before it became a well-known notion) and noise
(and only imagine that JIM O'ROURKE started his career as the 19-year old live
guitarist of ILLUSION OF SAFETY!).
We are very happy IOS (at this time mastermind DANIEL BURKE only) recorded
pieces for our special concept 10" series that again mark a very unexpected
change: SWEET DREAMS is an almost 'psychedelic' record, using many
incredible acousmatic sounds deriving from field recordings, instrumental sources
(such as acoustic guitars) and synths, which build together repetitive pulsing
patterns & hypno-loops that suck you in. But IOS wouldn't be IOS if it weren't for
surprising breaks, cut-ups, crackling sounds and other interferences.... To us, this sounds like 70's psych-space tunes transformed by today's experimental & compositional consciousness..
Three pieces, 22+ mins, mastered by THOMAS DIMUZIO, 500 copies pressed on beautiful & unique 3-colour (green, blue & white) vinyl & with artwork by Berlin-based designer TILMANN BENNINGHAUS. Release date: Oct 25, 2012.
Also just out on net label Nostalgie De La Boue free download series:
Improvised by Daniel Burke playing Eurorack modular synthesizer and an Ipad controlled Ableton Live set loaded with clips of recordings, experiments & field recordings from the past 5 years. Recorded by Vincent Naples.
Children of the Fear of Truth c-30 cassette Banned Production
Beach Torso released on bandcamp. a collection of recent synthesizer and guitar abstractions.
Illusion Of Safety -Fin De Siecle
Originally released by Korm Plastics as an LP in 1995, we are pleased to have this reissued as a CD including lengthy additional material recorded in 2010
.....This piece was originally created for an American tour in April 1995. Due to the inherent limitations of vinyl, Fin de Siecle was edited and heavily revised, regrettably obscuring much of the central theme. While leaving the initial recording unaltered, this CD reissue has allowed us the unexpected opportunity to return… in our current voices. Another cycle is found.
Composed by: Daniel Burke and Kurt Griesch
Recorded: February to September 2010.
Recorded: January to September 1995.
The first cut builds a screeching collage of metal-upon-metal and compacted rumblings ramping quickly to a corroded crescendo that snaps to a loud amplification of a runout groove on a piece of vinyl. This brief interlude of acoustic noises stand in stark contrast to the rest of album, which glides weightlessly in and out of the dreamy glassine drone of pre-waking ambience, stretching out the cybernetic dreamtime heard only in brief sketches on Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2. As an ambient record, Fin De Siecle does have its moments of dislocation and upheaval with a growling snarl of impulsive thrumming at the end of "Part One" and some gritty field recordings of an industrial wasteland devoid of any human emerging in "Part Three." Even on their prettiest and most graceful album, Illusion Of Safety find a way to make their proceedings unsettling.-aquarius records
Illusion Of Safety -Live at No Fun 2008
A C-40 cassette on Brooklyn's Obsolete Units label. of a live board recording of the IOS performance at the No Fun festival of 2008.
Now available in a limited edition of 50 high quality cassettes a re-issue of "Repairs". our 1988 cassette released originally on Sound Of PIg. released by and available from Chicago's Notice Recordings
original release on Staalplaat 1992
ILLUSION OF SAFETY - PROBE (CD by Perdition Plastics)
This is not a review but merely a historical, personal ramble. In 1992 I started working for Staalplaat, buying and selling stuff, and helping out getting those strange packages done. One of the bands that already had a great package, before my time, was Illusion Of Safety, whose 'Historical' was packed in a leather pouch with a real bullet. Both Staalplaat and Korm Plastics, my own small venture, were in contact with Illusion Of Safety's main man Dan Burke and Jim O'Rourke, who was then a main collaborator with Burke. This resulted in 'Disengage', still one of the top 10 releases by Staalplaat, along with 'Probe' by Illusion Of Safety. The first 500 were packed in a wooden box with a real Italian coin and toy money from former Eastern Germany (an additional 500 were sold in the same wooden box, but without the monies). Illusion Of Safety were on a peak with that CD, or perhaps a watershed mark (otherwise you may think they never reached another peak again) is a better word.
Before that Illusion Of Safety was, perhaps, 'another' fine band of harsh and less harsh industrial music as a bigger outfit with a varying line up. Towards the end of the era of releasing cassettes, which culminated in the fine but highly obscure 'RVE' tape, Jim O'Rourke became a member, bringing a love of composed music to the table, not just musique concrete but also the like of Scelsi. The music of Illusion Of Safety changed and on 'Probe', as said being here just Dan Burke & Jim O'Rourke, this culminated in that first highlight. All of the influences from before and new ones, melted together in this great disc of musique concrete. Many field recordings are used, along with piercing electronics at times, bowed guitars at others. Sometimes stretching out seemingly ad infinitum, but then sometimes abruptly changing color, speed, intensity, mood, texture and/or atmospherics. An absolute great work of sound collage, bridging musique concrete, electro-acoustics, improvisation, industrial music and ambient. Still a highlight of a career, and great to see back in print - even when the cover is not on par with the original. (FdW)