Breaking the Pack Ice

permafrost

At disquiet.com we are discussing a "dark ambient" work that eludes description more than most (it's possibly not "darK" at all). Thomas K├Âner, half of the seminal techno-noise outfit Porter Ricks, released Permafrost 17 years ago. The Type recording label re-release can be streamed on page where we are talking about it. So far commenters seem uncomfortable with the ice- and polar-related similes used to describe the work in the accompanying release notes. Above is the original cover, which beats the re-release's. As I noted on disquiet.com, "you have the word 'permafrost' but surrounded by all this ambiguous granular material. The mind has nowhere to go and doubles back into the music, instead of trying to think of additional nature metaphors" (such as "distant icy tonal blasts and croaking occidental winds").

The initial pronouncements have been made and now we need some serious disagreement. Please come join us and attempt to refudiate (thank you, Sarah Palin!) the authoritarian third person ukases on this music.