CM, or Chaos Majik, is Todd Brooks. He founded a group called Pendu. They promote occultism, adhocism, and eroticism in art. This is my kind of dude. "Cry of the 12th Aethyr" is the latest tape from CM, out now on the awesome Baked Tapes label.
Brooks conjures the sound of CM through the use of handmade oscillators and feedback loops. The two pieces on "Cry of the 12th Aethyr" combine high-pitched sounds with a droning low-end. The scrapes and squalls rise and fall, while the persistent rumbles provide something closer to a static element for the proceedings. Everything is drenched and delayed; effects gently draped on top of the other.
This isn't a revelation of experimental music-- but that's okay. I'm sure this stuff is even better live, especially considering CM kicks out these jams with his equipment housed inside a green suitcase. Brooks' DIY approach has yielded a couple of tracks of strung-out, astral plane drone on "Cry of the 12th Aethyr." You can't complain about that. This is a damn good tape. 7/10 -- Robert Oberlander (17 February, 2010)