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The beginning of an era! RUIN's first album using analog synthesizers! Very early experiments with this stuff, sometimes crude, sometimes lovely, always raw!

And now, I will embarrass Scott Bruzenak with some liner notes I forced him at gunpoint to write:

Many a great album has been tarnished a bit shitty by bad liner notes.

I'll spare you my psuedo-lovecraftian metaphors about what the music 'makes me think of', or worse yet, assertions of what the music 'means'.

Rather, I'd like to tell you what this music has done to me, sometimes against my will.

First of all, RUINS's music was the first I ever perceived the difference between analog and digital. Much of this, as I understand, is due to the custom electronics Phil uses to get the corroded sounds you hear. This one perception has made a big dissonance in my brain when it comes to my own music, and has forced me to look at the timbres I use. In the end, the only reasonable solution was to hire him to make me some gear.

Second, it opened a lot of doors to his influences - made me ready to hear Pan Sonic and Throbbing Gristle, which I had heard previous, but for which I had no frame of reference.

It's rare and laudable that an artist plops out of obscurity with an aesthetic so distinct and intact, let alone one who has developed the craft of instrument-building to the end of fulfilling their artistic goals. I can think of a few - Harry Partch, Raymond Scott, Pierre Bastien.

Enjoy this album, you're lucky to have found it.

Scott Bruzenak, Sept. 07

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released October 6, 2007

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Ruin Toronto, Ontario

Ruin is a polymorphic mass of forgotten and misused technology, rusty scrap metal, charred skeletons and decaying husks; slowly traversing a vast expanse of desolated wasteland. It travels alone, it can only travel alone. No signs of civilization on the horizon. Just an ever hanging dying sun; and the din of Ruin. ... more

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