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Aube is a solo project formed by the Japanese electronic artist and sound sculptore Nakajima Akifumi. He is specialised in propulsive noisy (droney) electronics, using a lof of harsh distortion, freakout effects, artisanal / alchemical sounds taken from various sources. Aube has a huge catalogue but also collaborated with many notorious artists as Maurizio Bianchi and Maso Yamazaki of Masonna. Extreme, sonic music but pretty excellent.

Discography:
Flood Gate (1993)
Magnetostric (1995)
Infinitely Orbit (1996)
Metal de Metal (1996)
Dazzle Reflexion (1997)
Cardiac Strain (1997)
Stared Gleam (1997)
Evocation (1998)
Substructural Penetration (1998)
Millennium (2000)
Sensorial Inducement (2000)
Set On (2000)
Solide Pressure (2000)
Traid Thread (2000)

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AUBE discography


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3.50 | 2 ratings
Hydrophobia
1991
3.50 | 2 ratings
Spindrift
1992
3.50 | 2 ratings
Flood Gate
1993
2.00 | 2 ratings
Luminous
1993
3.50 | 2 ratings
Purification To Numbness
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Recycled
1994
3.50 | 2 ratings
E-Power
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Emotional Oscillation
1994
3.50 | 2 ratings
Frequency For Collapse
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Entangle Spirant
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Metalustration
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Magnetostriction
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
Wired Trap
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Quadrotation
1996
2.00 | 3 ratings
Infinitely Orbit
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
Grind Carve
1996
1.14 | 3 ratings
Metal De Metal
1996
1.00 | 2 ratings
Aqua Syndrome
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sigh In Depressive Blue
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Vas In Euthymic Violet
1997
4.78 | 4 ratings
Dazzle Reflection
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Stared Gleam
1997
3.73 | 2 ratings
Cardiac Strain
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Cerebral Disturbance
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
Deglaze
1998
1.00 | 1 ratings
Embers
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
Pages From The book
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
Evocation
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sensorial Inducement
2000
2.91 | 3 ratings
Howling Obsession (Revised
2002
2.00 | 1 ratings
Comet
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Imagery Resonance
2007
2.09 | 8 ratings
Variable Ambit
2011

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 Metal De Metal by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 1996
1.14 | 3 ratings

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Metal De Metal
Aube Progressive Electronic

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

1 stars I believe Aube is simply designed to generate atmosphere. Aube is a non music artist Akifumi Nakajima who uses electronic sounds to generate creepy intense atmospheres. If that's what you are after you are going to love it. Play it at midnight and it might conjure up dark nightmares. There is no music to speak of, simply high pitched sonic distortion. The title track begins with a high pitched whine that I had to turn down as it was actually earsplitting. The gradual ascending whine is ear piercing.

At times we have a minimalist drone that builds slowly with painfully sustained grinds, it builds in intensity, louder and more defined, then it just ends without warning without any variation and no rhythm or time sig or any semblance of musical tones. Strictly for those who enjoy the noise genre.

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 Variable Ambit by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.09 | 8 ratings

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Variable Ambit
Aube Progressive Electronic

Review by The Truth
Collaborator Post and Math Rock Team

3 stars I'm a noise fan.

Just thought I'd say that before I ramble.

Not many can handle the pure walls of noise that for me creates a really beautiful sort of texture that is unreachable otherwise. Artists like Aube and Merzbow (both Japanese artists, I might add) are excellent in the art of manipulating noise and creating some really great music that, despite it's aggressiveness, I find very listenable.

Now this Aube album turned even me off in the start with those high static pitches in the beginning, but that is nowhere near the best part of the album. It's a shame, really, starting off that badly. That's the kind of noise that just gives me a headache. After the first track, the rest of the album is much more gentle (if you can call it that) and enjoyable. Aube is amazing when it comes to production and it shows, the Merzbow-like sounds are what make up the rest of the album.

For the brave of heart, and the first track needs to be skipped.

3 stars.

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 Variable Ambit by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.09 | 8 ratings

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Variable Ambit
Aube Progressive Electronic

Review by Negoba
Prog Reviewer

1 stars In Violation of the Geneva Conventions

Like Conor, I found my way to this album on its reputation as one of the worst ever. Before anyone even attempts to play this piece, I'd like to provide some idea of what it is. Variable Ambit is a sonic experiment where artist Akifumi Nakajima twiddles with what sounds like a frequency generator for about an hour. Rather than using the pure oscilloscope wave forms, he uses a specific sampled source sound for each record. On VA it's feedback. If you've ever had a hearing test and listened as the examiner dials through the frequencies, that's the basic sound of the album. Some degree of layering does occur, and some effects are applied, but for the most part this is collection of pure tones manipulated for emotional effect without anything resembling traditional music.

Nakajima actually does a few moderately interesting things with his frequency designs, and some of those ideas are better on VA than other albums of his I sampled. However, this album has a specific quality that makes it perhaps a perfect weapon of torture. While the artist does cover the frequency spectrum to some degree, for some reason he concentrates on the 5000- 15000 hz range which is at the upper limit of older human's hearing. Even 5000 hz is high enough to sound like a whistle, and Aube keeps this frequency range at high volume throughout much of the album. While there's no accounting for taste, I think that most people find these tones noxious, if not downright painful. The mix is such that in order to bring the whistles down to non-painful levels, everything else drops out. Careful use of a graphic equalizer might help, but that assumes the listener is interested enough in the sound experiment to put that much work in.

If you like noise experiments, the parts without the whistle register tones are mildly interesting. I could see them being used in a trippy horror movie. But even then, there's not really enough going on to merit listening to this on its own. Its only possibly function (in my mind) would be as a soundtrack to some un-named activity or other experimental art piece.

I actually would have rated this 2/5 without the pain part. But it was EXTREMELY hard to listen to this album all the way through. I did it. It was like a sonic uphill marathon. I may actually try rate some of Aube's other work above 1 star, but this one will be only for enemies.

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 Variable Ambit by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.09 | 8 ratings

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Variable Ambit
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Review by colorofmoney91
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4 stars This newly released album by Aube is jam packed full of alienating discomfort. Fortunately, I kind of like it. I've been a fan of other Japanese noise artists (Merzbow, Masonna, etc.) for some time now, and Aube is always an interesting listen. This album, Variable Ambit, is not far off from other albums in the noise genre, but it comes of as a bit subdued when compared to albums that are being released by Aube's contemporaries.

The sound of this album is often earsplitting. I would believe that just about any other human on this planet has an evolutionary response to shun anything that sounds like the music present on this album. But, if you can get past that response, the earsplitting ambience and drones are quite pleasant. If you've ever been in a silent room all by yourself, and suddenly your ears start to ring and everything else around you seems only slightly louder (dripping sink, oscillating of a fan, ticking of a clock, etc.) then you'll understand the sound of this album. The resonating and echoing qualities of this album give it an eerie industrial kind of feel that is actually very refreshing, since Merzbow tends to be full-force train-wreck soundtracks. The Kiyoshi Kurosawa film Kairo (a.k.a. Pulse, here in the states), though I don't recall the sound of the soundtrack, I would imagine would be greatly paired with this album for its ghostly and computerized/industrialized manipulations of terror and insanity.

Maybe this review doesn't make this album sound pleasant at all, but I'm sure fellow noise fans will understand my position. I'll be honest, the first few seconds made me believe that Variable Ambit was going to be completely unbearable. I figured that the earsplitting demonic zap at the album's start was a precursor to complete brain-scrambling frequencies, and I need my brain, me being a very serious student. Fortunately, this album is just as enjoyable as my favorite noise albums, and has definitely become one of my favorites. This isn't very accessible by any means, but again, I'm sure other noise fans will find much to love about this noisy album.

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 Variable Ambit by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.09 | 8 ratings

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Variable Ambit
Aube Progressive Electronic

Review by Conor Fynes
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1 stars 'Variable Ambit' - Aube (1/10)

Be it some sort of oddly morbid fascination, but on top of striving to find the best music out there, I also find myself attracted to albums that are universally panned and considered the 'worst'. It is indeed interesting how everyone may own a different set of ears, but when it comes down to it, we can agree on some things generally speaking. Yes' 'Close To The Edge' is a masterpiece of prog rock, Iron Maiden's 'Number Of The Beast' is a classic for heavy metal, and so forth. But perhaps for the same psychological reasoning that made Rebecca Black's 'Friday' such a hit, I've found myself drawn towards Aube's 'Variable Ambit', an album that was described to me by a new friend as one of the worst things imaginable. While there are albums like 'St. Anger' that people love to hate most often, I get the feeling after even sampling what 'Variable Ambit' is all about that it may very well not only be one of, but the most unpleasant album I have ever heard. I wish I was joking.

First, it should be covered that I am not opposed to 'noise' music, there is some that I actually like quite a bit. Ambient music is also no problem for me. However, when music literally causes physical duress while listening to it, there can be a problem. Aube opens up this album with one of the most cringing sounds I have ever heard; a high pitched beep that was physically painful to hear regardless of how low I turned the volume down. The first three seconds of 'Variable Ambit' should cover why I hate this. While even one high pitched electronic bleep would have put me off the album for good, the sound keeps repeating; getting more painful as your ears beg you to mute it.

To prove that I have in fact listened to the album (and am sorely regretting it), the title track 'Variable Ambit' and 'Ambush' are the two tracks which feature this high pitched bleeping the most, and regardless of how open your mind is to music, the sheer frequency may result in a migraine, so you are warned. Apart from that, there is some electronic ambiance of a lower register that is nothing pleasant to listen to, but is at least interesting in the way the sound is tweaked and mechanized. A droning hum that the noise musician here noodles around with can make some pretty strange sounds here, but there is the feeling that there was absolutely no purpose to what he is doing here, instead tending to fiddle around with his equipment seemingly at random. While that would be worth saying some negative things about in the first place, it seems like gold when compared to the dreaded bleeps. And while it would often be narrow to focus on one sound in reviewing an album, that's what composes much of the album's sound.

If five seconds of this album could cause me pain, then I could never recommend this to anyone, not even an intense fan of noise music. Calling this album horrible stops becoming a matter of personal taste once the sounds start damaging one's hearing range. Perhaps the album can be used as some rite of initiation in the Yakuza to make sure only the strong are admitted into their ranks. Atrociously bad.

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 Variable Ambit by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.09 | 8 ratings

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Variable Ambit
Aube Progressive Electronic

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

1 stars Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.

Everything I had listened to by Aube was amazing until I got this.

I love noise, but holy S**T. This record is absolutely unlistenable. Every track on here features some extremely high pitched noise that is simply unbearable. It really hurts your eardrums at pretty much any level of volume, and even songs that start off without this noise, eventually get it in a form or another. This record is a monstrous dissapointment for me, having expected another quality ambient build up type songs with others mixed in. The songs here do build up, but that noise is way too far, and I can only imagine what going to a concert would be like and him to start playing this. You would seriously have to wear headphones to stop you from going deaf.

Just on a side note, as with all of Aube's albums, the noises came from one source, and this time around it happens to be feedback. From what is not specified, but I wish it had been some nice rumbling feedback instead of the only thing I can guess that is making the horribly shrill noise is mic feedback, which already ear shattering enough Aube has made something that is downright dangerous.

The only thing I can recommend this for is if you have neighbours you do not like, and want to get them to move. Otherwise this is pure pain

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 Dazzle Reflection by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.78 | 4 ratings

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Dazzle Reflection
Aube Progressive Electronic

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

5 stars Another album by Japanese noise artist Aube, this time the single source of sound comes entirely from fluorecent and glow lamps. This time around the music seems to be a little more ambient and almost spacey at times. do not get me wrong though, this is still very, very extreme and challenging music, it is not a soothing Brian Eno style of ambience at work here. Think more Lustmord with more loudness. I have to say I prefer this one to Cardiac Strain, on account of some soothing ( I do not know why but Afterimage and Incandesence never fail to put me into this wonderful trance state of place and then sleeps comes and envelopes me).

The first track is one of my favorites that I have heard by Aube and it is another very great build up song, with sudden screechings or any of that sort, and it actually has a very nice spacey sound behind the loud droney main sound. It is very relaxing for some wierd reason. It also does not just suddenly stop but nicely fades away when it has run its course.

The next track is very ambient and almost inaudible for the first three minutes, it slowly builds up into some spacey sort of ebbing and flowing sound, it heavily reminds of space, and if Mr. Nakajima had not said that such a spacey sound could come from a glow or fluorescent lamp then I would have though this was some old synthesizers working there magic.

The next track again stars with a build up but it quickly get into gear with some good ole' noise. This track is back to the harsh grating on your ears noise that he is mostly known for. This goes for the rest of the song.

Glimmer is another very spacey track with what to most people would think were some warblying synthesizers. it is a very nice calm track that does not do damaga to your ears at all, probably the most accesible songs that I have heard by Aube. It is very nice and puts you intoi a sort of trance like any good drone/spacey long song should.

The next song is another colossal build up song that Aube seems to be in love with, it is another one that puts me to sleep in a good way for some reason. it starts with a sound like a muffled motor droning then getting louder, and back and forth, it gradually gets louder until some other noise, that is not to harsh, comes and until the track ends.

the next one must have had sounds taken from the lamp of Hell. It starts off loudly and does not really stop at all. This song has a lot of metallic screeching noise that varies in loudness with some noises not changing and very steady and others stabbing you in the ears quickly then dissapearing. This song is a very metallic song and is the hardest to digest and listen to out of this release.

This record from start to finish is very enjoyable and I highly recommend giving it a try as it is a masterpiece of Electronic Prog.

All hail the almighty Space Lamp.

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 Cardiac Strain by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.73 | 2 ratings

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Cardiac Strain
Aube Progressive Electronic

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

4 stars This is very harsh on the ears. Japanese noise artist Aube (Akifumi Nakajima) is a well known name among the Noise circles and runs a cassette label which releases a lot of experimental and noise artists. One thing that makes Aube stand out from other noise artists Merzbow is how he creates his Noise. He gets sound samples from all sorts of crazy thi9ngs that make sound. From water to fire, Glow Lamps, human organs, wire, metal, wind, you name it. Even the Bible has been subject to his process of making music.

The sole sound source for this album is as the title hints, The human heart. The songs range from fullblown noise offerings to more ambient stuff with superb build ups.

I have to say that listening to this album and knowing that the only thing is the sound of a heart, it really kind of scares what this man does to take the sound of a heart and twist into these disturbing throbbings of noise and slow monotonous build ups.

The first track Steal Up is, as the title suggests, a long very good build up that never actually reaches a climax. It just suddenly ends, which makes you jump a little bit from the built up sound to nothingness.

Infatuation is another build up track that at times sort of ebbs and flows, getting louder, and harsher, then receding, then coming back a bit louder and harsher again. As with the first track the sudden cut off at the end might make you jump a little bit.

Cardiotonica changes the pace a bit with a nice ambient opening with what sounds the closest to a real human heart on this album, with a beat that gets a little faster over time, then, it stops, and then you are hit with a wall of throbbing noise that is best not listened to very loudly. This then ends as abruptly as it started. Then out of the following silence some noise starts to become audible, then that heartbeat from the beginning is back, then the previous wall of sound starts to materialize and like some ghost that can not be destroyed. This part is very much harsh and unforgiving, with wailings and all sorts of thick static-y noise. I hope very much that your heart is not making this sort of ruckus. This finally stops abruptly and all thats left is that beating heart again, which slowly fades away into oblivion.

The next track starts off differently with the noise already in fullblown swing. For anyone who can not tolerate bands that make even just a little bit over un harmonic music. Keep away from this record at all costs. Thius track is the harshest and most unforgiving track here, it just grinds away at your eardrums like some animal trying to break into your house at night. The buzzing and sawing is omni-present and never lets up throughout this eleven minute song. A song that is defenently a very un enjoyable one for those who are not big on this style of music.

Core-Strain is back with the build-up again, even though the sound that is being built up already starts out very jagged with many edges, despite not being very loud. it reaches a climax in about the middle of the song and then starts the process over again, but this time for me it seems much more harsh sounding than the first build up and by the ending parts of this song the noise is probably the harshest on this album, to the point where its intensity would totally unbearable to a lot of people.

The next song is like a conglomeration of all the previous songs stylelistically it starts with some rumbling at the beginning which slowly ebbs and flows, which then at about four minutes slams you into the wall with a monstrous blast of unforgiving noise that gargles and growls at you. It then gets some shaper metallic peircings, that then abruptly stop with some monotonous beats that gradually get louder and louder, with some big, rumbling bass that slowly starts to fade with the beats gettings a little faster but also starting to fade into this sort of pudding of noise, I must say this song got an almost theatrical scary feeling at this point, this goes on with some industrial like rumblings in the back and the beating higher pitched sounds that get a bit higher and start to evolve a little, then, the absolute worst part happens, this all just stops super suddenly and this hideously loud wailing noise just stabs into my ear at which point, the music puts you into a sort of trance like all good build ups should, that I yanked my earbuds and almost jerked off of my bed. After recovering, rewinding, and turning the sound down to almost as low as it can go, I started listening again, the stabbing noise keeps up with the rest of the soundstarting to build back inn which then goes until the cd is over.

Well, this album is most defenintly for the person with very, very high tolerance for harsh sounds, and one who does not mind being starled out of his or hers skin. i am one of those musical masochist type wierdos that like this sort of crazy world of music.

Most defenitively not for the average Prog-head even, though should still see beyond its first impression as pure noise (which a lot of it is) it really does have quite a bit to offer for people interested or lovers of this genre of extreme music.

I want to give this a five but I just can not because of its extreme nature and it is still not the best noise out there. A solid release and artist that needs some attention.

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 Howling Obsession (Revised by AUBE album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.91 | 3 ratings

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Howling Obsession (Revised
Aube Progressive Electronic

Review by thellama73
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Nakajima Akifumi is a Japanese noise artist who specializes in drawing a wide variety of sounds from a single original source. In this case, that source is a small speaker, from which he has managed to craft an entire album of diverse sounds. As the title indicates, this is a reworking of an earlier release and adds a twenty-three minute live performance to the original tracklist.

The title track begins with the low drone of speaker hum, fading slowly up from silence until it approaches a roar. This is actually a very atmospheric recording, and almost gives the impression of an audio landscape. The persistant hum is intruded upon by slashing crackles of static and low rumbloing feedback, resulting in a rather moody and mysterious sound enviroment. Considering the limited nature of the inputs, it's a very well composed track, and the highlight of the album. After seventeen minutes of this, a short piece cnsiting mainly of clicking provides a nice intermisson before the album's other lengthy piece, "M.O.L."

"M.O.L." is much more aggressive in its approach, consisting mainly of blistering noise broken up by high pitched shrieks and squeals. The beleagured speaker is pushed to its breaking point, growling like an angry Harley Davidson in need of an oil change. It's enjoyable, but perhaps less artful in its execution that what came before. The final track of the original release lasts a mere fve minutes and employs filters to create a slow sweeping effect up and down the frequency range. It's uneventful, but a nice comedown after the intensity of the preceeding track.

Finally, the bonus live track, also titled "Howling Obsession" bears little overt resemblence to its namesake. It uses the same sound source, and slowly evolves over its twenty-three minute length from quiet drones and whines to more intense fare. There are even a few basic rhythms subtly included from time to time. The piece is sprawling and impressive in its dversity, but it is improvised and it shows. The carefully crafted compositions on the album proper differ markedly from this freewheeling exploration of the speaker.

For fans of noise, Aube certainly offers some interesting moments. His single source approach is fascinating, but the result of such self-imposed limitations are at times less consistant than comparable works of other noise artists, such as Merzbow.

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