Genetic Transmission - Self-titled and Chrząszcz Brzmi W Trzcinie  (Cds Zoharum)

Genetic Transmission were a Polish band that was in essence Tomasz Twardawa (who also worked under a few other aliases). Iíve not heard of Genetic Transmission before now but they have a fair sized body of work (primarily looking like self-released CDrs ) listed at Discogs.

Zoharum have decided to reissue the work and have started an archive series to do this. These two releases being the first in that series.

The first album is a reissue of an album on OBUH records (remember them? Put out a nice selection of Industrial music in the 90s) from 1997 the second a reissue of a CDr from 2005. Iíd have to question the wisdom of not reissuing things in date order so you get to see how the sound developed but thatís a minor gripe.

The first album and its nine tracks was originally released as a cassette. Sound wise it has its feet firmly planted in old school Industrial territory. Thereís hints of a Throbbing Gristle influence with its bleak soundscapes but you can add to that some elements of SPK or Neubauten with the clanging and scraping of metal being a prominent feature in most of the pieces.   Thereís a big machinery vibe here lots of repetitive machinery type sounds used as the basis for the tracks with the scraping clanging of metal and loops laid over the top. Harsher distorted almost Power Electronics are as wll subtly woven into the mix. Whilst thereís nothing ground breaking here and the influences are plainly there to see, the execution of them is enjoyable enough to make this album one worth coming back to now and again.

The second release Chrząszcz Brzmi W Trzcinie was put out as a limited CDR by the Berlin label Tochnit Aleph in 2006 and apparently sold out very quickly. This is the first time these tracks have been available since then. The press release for this suggests that the recordings for this album by Tomasz had him using a working method where no post-processing or cleaning up has occurred and the results are perhaps a more chaos based mish-mash than the rather regimented tracks from the first of these two releases. The parts where post recording work has had to happen for the pieces to sound whole are pretty blunt whether deliberately like that to throw the listener or the result of some sort of serendipity I donít know. As for the sounds themselves it seems that the methods of recording had moved on and it has less of an analogue warmth about it and more of the sharper harsher feel that digital recording can give. Thereís a lot of what sounds like field recordings as well as the digital elements and the whole thing is far more intense and with a more disturbing feel to it.

Overall a couple of interesting albums from Genetic Transmission but I think itís a shame we didnít get to see how the sound evolved between these two releases but maybe the gaps will be filled in with further releases in this series. DB.