*Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net.* It took Nick Edwards nearly two decades to release a new full-length under his own name, but after Editions Mego issued “Plekzationz” in late 2012 it seems as if they have opened up the veritable creative floodgates. He reappears on the acclaimed label with “Trainwrekz” under his Ensemble Skalectrik moniker that is more idiosyncratic and improvisational in nature. The album was crafted primarily from esoteric vinyl LPs that have been manipulated with a number of out-board processors and effect pedals to create a psychedelic and plunderphonic journey that is unexpected and challenging at every turn. “Trainwrekz” is nearly incomprehensible on the first several listens with sound effects and randomly looped sonic debris spraying erratically all over the sound field, but it’s an adventurous journey worth repeating. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia
Ensemble Skalectrik is a side-project of Nick “Ekoplekz” Edwards. Previous emissions include the self-released psycho-geographical abstraction of Snuff Mill Tapes and a homage to Maurizio Bianchi via Feral Tapes. Focusing entirely on spontaneous composition and one-take improvisation, Ensemble Skalectrik represents the most raw, extreme performance-based electronic music in Edwards’ repertoire. On Trainwrekz, Edwards has dusted-off his turntables, grabbed a stack of old vinyl (mainly sound effects and easy listening albums), added a selection of sound-shaping devices (filters, equalizers, loop-pedals) and proceeded to record a series of delirious, derailed sonic sketches that sound like nothing else in his rapidly expanding discography. Ranging from the portentous pile-up of “Wrekwahn,” the oppressive atmospherics of “Wrekfore” and the serene ornithological drift of “Wreksikz,” these half-dozen pieces document the emergence of a highly personalized form of turntablism that incorporates elements of chance, drone, dub, hauntology, musique concrète and free improvisation. Performed and recorded in three sessions during the month of November, 2012. Additional production and mix January 2013. Active participants: Alesis Nano Compressor, BASF Chrome cassette (x2), Belcat Delay, Chance, Danelectro “Reel Echo,” Ekdahl “Moisturizer,” Electrix “EQ Killer,” Electro-Harmonix “The Worm,” Muza FD900 “M Ambience,” Nick Edwards, Rocktek 6 Band EQ, Stanton STR8-30 direct drive turntable (x2), Yamaha MT3X cassette multi-track and a selection of vinyl LP records.