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Worship the Glitch [Import]

Coil/Elph, CoilAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eskaton
  • ASIN: B0000036FC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dark Start
2. Opium Hum
3. Caged Birds
4. The Halliwell Hammers
5. Clorax Hurdt
6. The Halliwell Hammers [2]
7. We Have Always Been Here
8. Manunkind
9. Bism
10. Hydlepark
11. Hysteron Proteron Jewel
12. Decadent and Symmetrical
13. Mono
14. The Halliwell Hammers [3]
15. Anything That Flies
16. Ended

Editorial Reviews

Songs: Dark Start, Opium Hum, Caged Birds, The Halliwell Hammers, Clorax Hurd, The Halliwell Hammers (2), We Have Always Been Here, Manunkind, Bism, Hydlepark, Hysteron Proteron Jewel, Decadent & Symmetrical, Mono, The Halliwell Hammers (3), Anything That Flies, and Ended.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Holy Grail of Inspiration for Electronic Musicians October 12, 2005
By Etc
Format:Audio CD
I got this album when I was 14 years old, and I can remember putting it on while I was falling asleep. There's something jarring but relaxing about the album's hypnotic soundscapes, and it is still my favorite Coil album.

It would not be the album that I'd recommend for a first time listener though... That would probably be either Horse Rotovator or Love's Secret Domain, which are more accessible and structured.

The Elph vs Coil "Worship the Glitch" album was actually a collection of sound design sessions between Peter Christopherson and Jhon Balance. Elph is not a real group, but rather the name Coil gave themselves for the project. The tracks are atmospheric sound "auditions," rather than actual songs.

That being said, the music contained in this collection is entirely unique and haunting, and it digs right to the dark core of Coil's beautiful/tragic universe of sound. There's something simultaneously frail and foreboding about the "songs," and it may be offputting for the average listener, but to an electronic musician (or lover of sound design), it's an indespensible CD.

This is one of the records that influenced my decision to become an electronic musician, and still it remains a primary reference for inspiration. "Dark Start" is (for me) an almost immediate release from writers block.. it just plants you in an visual enviornment. There are many tracks on the album that accomplish this atmospheric and visually suggestive nature; namely "The Halliwell Hammers" and "Caged Birds," which (like the title suggests) is mostly composed of echoey birdsong and chirping... although it somehow possesses an element of lonliness and peace that I cannot pinpoint.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Experiments in an audio environment July 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Alot of people did not like this album because they listened to it with alot of pre-concieved expectations. Coil normally has alot of tangeble and easily percieved sounds. They have quite a few dance floor tunes as well, but this album to me is simply an experiment into creating sounds that explore the worlds of audio that lie between the crevaces of "normal" sounds. Worship the Glitch. Paying tribute to the beautiful chaos that undulates and shows itself in pure form as rarely as a four leaf clover. Being somewhat of a connoisseur of bizzare audio I give this a 5.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stark and minimal ambience January 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A sort-of offshoot of Coil, this release finds them exploring barebones ambience. Not as drone oriented as the later Time Machines material, this release is based on the premise of false starts, mistakes, sounds that shouldn't have happened. The result is surprisingly fragile and stark. A bit more abstract and sterile than most of Coil's repertoire but worthwhile nonetheless. (This is a reissue of an album that was released in 1996.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Crystaline Opulence February 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
this album is simply beautiful in it's crisp simplicity. the tracks are all interesting and cohesive. the ideas just materialize into living, pulsing digital entities. at first i thought it was just going to be another abstract Coil-thing, but this record has a character all it's own. the artwork perfectly suggests and illustrates what you will hear: "digital" soundscapes that are wonderfully odd and colorful in their own darkly, glitched way. it has a subtle, creeping menace that lingers throughout...just listen!
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