The End of Silence - Matthew Herbert
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  • Summary: The three-track suite was created using a 10-second audio sample of a bomb falling in Libya recorded by war photographer Sebastian Meyer in 2011.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    It tells more of a story than rolling news coverage ever could, and for that The End of Silence is as close as I’d ever want to get to real conflict.
  2. 80
    It's tense, unsettling, and a brilliantly angry piece of art.
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    80
    Once heard, they are not easily forgotten. [Jul 2013, p.76]
  4. Dec 17, 2013
    71
    The End of Silence is Herbert effectively tussling with what "significance" means at this particular moment in time, in a record that's as much a part of the gathering noise of the 21st century as it is a comment on the constant numbing we've wreaked upon ourselves.
  5. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    While the (simulated) exploration of the innards of this destruction may not make for the most hospitable or easygoing electronic album of the year, it undoubtedly goes some way to achieving its stated aim, even if its ethics could conceivably be indicted from the above-mentioned angle.
  6. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    In the end, his attempt to tackle the alienating, intense feelings related to this subject turns out to not only be insightful and emotional, but oddly graceful as well.
  7. Dec 17, 2013
    50
    The first part of this milary-concrete triptych is mostly vague interference and Radiophonic Workshop-style wibbling about that towards the end, has developed into discomforting BBC Ceefax music. The middle section is sonically richer... Part three is illbient comedown. [Jun 2013, p.51]

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