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Space Is Only Noise

Space Is Only Noise

February 21, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 31, 2011
  • Label: Circus company
  • Copyright: (p) Circus Company
  • Total Length: 42:17
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  • ASIN: B005KD5UAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,150 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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My pick of album of 2011.
frost
I have never listened to any music that combined heavily sampled instrumental, vocals, and synthetic sounds and gave them the feel of Jazz and Blues music.
UVa2012
This album is a perfect contemporary for anyone interested in where electronic music can be today.
mr. flux

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lenniboy on April 10, 2011
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Rather than go into longwinded ravings, I will just say that this is cutting edge electronic/ experimental music at the forefront. It is wonderful and makes me realise that there are still artists out there trying so hard, who dont or wont get the recognition they deserve. Go on, be daring and buy this. You wont regret a penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn C Gaude on November 19, 2014
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I don't usually write reviews, but since this is one of my favorite albums, I wanted to explain that this is a terrible version. My vinyl arrived open (not sealed) w/ sleeve ripped at the top, also... flimsy, dusty, and missing one of my favorite songs (I've Got A Woman). Now that I've actually listened to it, sound quality is terrible and SONGS ARE IN THE WRONG ORDER. How has nobody noticed this?

Do yourself a favor and order an original copy from discogs..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mr. flux on May 28, 2011
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Brilliant electronic music with roots that go deep. This album is a perfect contemporary for anyone interested in where electronic music can be today. It can be listened to intently, in the background, to sleep. This could be a perfect soundtrack for a choreographer for modern dance. The texture and the sound, it's wonderful. Nicolas Jaar is not pushing the envelope here. He has created a gorgeous album that in on par with Gudrun Gut's "i put a record on" of a few years' back. It's the kind of music that, if you hear it somewhere, you are likely to ask with curious desire: "What is that?!?"
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. goodey on March 6, 2011
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Coming out at the same time as James Blake is maybe a little unfortunate for Nicholas Jaar. However, it's entirely possible that in a couple of years this will be the 'experimental' album of the 2011 that people will remember more.It doesn't have the radio friendly tracks like Blake's cover of 'Limit to your love' but it hangs together well as a whole and is the kind of album that you would describe as a 'grower'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ángela on August 24, 2011
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thanks, nicolas. smooth, cold, creepy, crispy, warm,... i'm speechless. nearly the hissing of the statics. beautiful noise. keep on giving us thins like this, jaar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DeDub on August 17, 2011
Format: Vinyl
I am always looking for new music. Searching for that treasured prize that will cause me to admire it more as time passes.
I really enjoy listening to this. The structure, vocals, timing and chord structure is fascinating. Periodic reminders of the first side are found on side b.
The whole album is easy to listen to, but it defiantly builds and treats your devoted attention.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By UVa2012 on May 7, 2011
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(note: this review is for a music class offered at UVa)
This album is very unique and surprisingly similar to some of the music that I have listened to in the technosonics class (MUSI 2350). I would recommend listening to the tracks in their order, because some pieces are well connected with the ones before and after, making it a very smooth and cohesive listening experience. Also the music in this album is very slow, and the transitions between songs are very well done. Albeit the artist recycled a lot of sounds in different tracks in this album, it never gets boring and there are always surprises in the music.
Starting from Être, which is the intro of the album, the artist used the water wave sounds and synthetic sounds as background, and paired them with some very heavily frequency-domain-edited vocals without rhythm or melody. This intro immediately reminded me of Word Pudding by Johnathan Zorn, Kits Beach Soundwalk by Hildegard Westerkamp, and Come Out by Steve Reich. It also reminded me of the second assignment which is the soundscape composition, because this track combined natural and synthetic sounds with many effects and modulation of the sounds. This intro also reflects the style and the atmosphere of the entire album - slow, soothing, combination of natural and synthetic sounds and full of surprises.
Other pieces of music in this album are similar to this intro. However, a lot of them incorporated melodies and rhythm using sampled vocals, and synthesized and natural sounds, which meshed very well with the electroacoustic atmosphere. The melodies really impressed me because they are quite exotic and multi-cultural. This is probably due to the multi-cultural background of Nicolas Jaar, who was born in New York City and raised in Chile until he turned eleven.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hbar on April 30, 2012
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These pieces weren't written in the sense that a pop song is written. This album wasn't composed. It was designed. There are no extra sounds or complex layering here. There is nothing superfluous. Each track has been carefully refined and sculpted until only the truly essential components remain. Like some kind of acoustic electronic music, we marvel at the emergence of the artist through his work. The work is surprisingly personal and intimate despite the modulation and electronic manipulations that separate us from the artist.

These are well-crafted sonic poems. They are suggestive and evocative. The sonic economy creates spaces and voids that evoke a sense of grandeur. The vistas make us feel small but not insignificant. Any sense of isolation or desolation that could be aroused by a vast and lonely space flounders against Jaar's order and harmony. Chaos and entropy have no chance in this well-crafted void.
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