The only other E H I thing I have in my collection apart from one track each on the Shroud comp and the Three Bean Salad comp and his section of a three-way split CD Brian Noring sent me a short time ago is one side of this cassette.

E H I’s half of this is “noisier” than Under The Rails, involving more effects and tape manipulation applied to Casio sounds, and it’s a good listen.

As for Aphasia, probably the most interesting thing about it is the crazy personal history of Adam Gadahn in the years after this, what with joining Al Qaida and all. His side of this split is more musically interesting than his earlier work Delirium: 7 Hallucinatory Interludes (the contents of which now comprise Music Of A Terrorist, downloadable here) but that’s still not saying much. I personally find Aphasia’s material to be illustrative of a problematic element of the noise tape scene where you could get away with taking pretty much any sound, however artless, and just running it through a mess of distortion. Gadahn’s chief instrument here appears to be either a distortion pedal or tape saturation, in conjunction with general tedium. Where you can identify instruments, they’re employed clumsily; other parts sound like random mouth noises made into a microphone. It’s worth considering, however, that he was probably all of 16 when he made this stuff. Plus, it’s of historical interest.

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