Amnemonic Site CD, 46 min.
Alluvial Recordings, composed 2004 -06, released 2007
Cover drawings by S.N.
Focus on percussive bursts, linked events, micro-envelopes, spatial dissonance, crowd noises, Conceptual narrative of a “place of forgetting” – a temporary zone of amusia (loss of ability to understand music).
Sources include wood, fabric, tuning forks, fireworks, beans in various containers, Balinese gamelan, oscillator, blown organ pipes, brass organ reeds, Serge modular synth, metal pieces, and field recordings of parks and New Year’s celebrations in Chinatown, Manhattan.
Read Brian Olewnick, Bagatellen
Read John Grzinich, Phase Space
Read Franz deWaard, Vital Weekly
... the train is leaving from drama's station, if i had a few more days to spent i would have stopped again for a couple in this city, which no matter how small it is, it haunted me the first time i visited her 2 years ago. super people & super situations i lived! slowly emerge from my discman the sounds of seth nehil's 'amnemonic site', recorded between 2004-2006, drops like a real bomb after almost a 5 year silence at least regarding his solo works, with the exception of being the director of 'foarm' fanzine and some collaborations w/ his pal jgrnich. it's not simple electroacoustic or ambient music, it's a sound game w/ sounds crafted so harmonic kai bult/tied between them that they nail you down as riveted is at the moment am listening to them the ride w/ the train through the channels of the nestos river, in my opinion together w/ the part that starts at the moment the train leaves the station of 'bralos' 'till it passes through eleutherohori (through or close to the gorge of the asopos river w/ the old machine gun nests that hang as abadonded small towers in the middle of nowhere) perhaps make it as 2 of my favest landscapes regarding the train rides around greece. so as is the release, captures my heart as one of my favest releases so far for 2007!!!
- Nicolas Malevitis, Tranzistor.gr
Sound and visual artist Seth Nehil is onto something with his "sounds". They're not alien but they tend to shy away from the human effect. Other than his name and the title on the CD's spine, the album only offers "play loud" as words of wisdom on the CD itself. Nehil leaves more questions than actual answers in his audio collage. Is he "playing" actual objects? Is he exploring world of micro-sounds or is he processing found sounds? Did he source out these sounds in the middle of the desert [are these insects?] or did he mike a static-filled television set? One thing I must admit, the "play loud" advice is well worth heeding. If the volume was turned mid way, much of the details of Nehil's exploratory work would've been completely lost. I admire the way the sounds like someone rummaging through abandoned garbage cans on the second track [all tracks don't come with a name attached] or the way in which I get mental pictures of plastic tubing being lightly struck on the next track. Hollow, tunnel-like admonition takes effect and the sounds are more ominous than their actual creation [or so I imagine]. Guesswork in the creative process for this album means an added bonus for the listener - our imagination is forced to do over-time to come up with ultra-vivid images that populate an imaginary soundtrack. Top rate recording from an artist who has his best work still ahead of him.
- Tom Sekowski, GAZ-ETA Number 40, Poland, February 2006