review from In The Fence Of Reality webzine (canada)


Tore Honoré BŅe
                  Koh-I-Noor
 (Sounds From The Pocket; CDR (limited to 50); 4 tracks; 37 minutes 41 seconds)
(File under : You can’t mix the concept of DIY, noise and art more than this I guess…)
Another finely presented release from the very cool east coast noise artist of Sound From The Pocket (responsible for the super cool Microcassetor and Found Sound series.) This time Tore Honoré BŅe who’s also part of Origami Republika and The Nordic Miracle along with Lasse Marhaug of Jazzkammer’s fame. Titled about the name of a pencil company, this release is called an “Opus for self-made laptop + dual speed + slapstring tapas”. As we can see on his website, THB craft some self-made portable machines with some strange devices to produce some noises as I may understand. This one is made with some metallic gizmos and some stings. The whole recordings were recorded I guess and edited on guess what? Yes those awesome microcassette recorder. What a better instrument in the world than that. That mean that each tracks are recorded and edited while playing with the 2 speeds these recorders got. The result of this is something really raw, like with a constant tape buzz with some fucking wicked sounds. It reminds me a lil’ bit that Brandon Labelle record on Ground Fault. But the sound is a really purely crafted experimental sound. The artistic value of this is awesome, the meeting with Sounds From The Pocket make the experience better. Sounds from the pocket really reinvent the concept of DIY packaging and this one is no exception. The album come on an handmade digipack made from recycled LP jacket with some info screen printed on it, mine is a woman’s leg with a green background and looks really great inside there’s 2 sewed acetates with some infos and there’s a clean tray with some tapes stuck behind. Well trust me the presentation is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen along with that recent Chefkirk one. Man, this is really crazy I really think the meeting of the 2 persons (Tore Honoré BŅe + Justin Water, main visual crafter of the Sounds From Pocket label) is another one that have been inevitable I guess. But it’s really interesting to see all this recycled movement in the underground world like that magazine called Found publishing only found pictures and paper sent by people and putting records of found music. Sociologically speaking I guess this should be a very interesting movement to look at, if it’s a movement… Anyway, I am very curious about hearing more form THB and maybe seeing him performing live as he should be a very great entertainer. Just go at their website to see the genius behind Tore Honoré BŅe

double review from Vital Weekly

TORE HONORE BOE/REYNOLS - MICROCASSETTOR 3
TORE HONORE BOE - KOH-I-NOOR

(Both CD-R by Sounds from the pocket)
Anybody who regards CD-Rs as an inferior medium should immediately check out these two releases. They are truely exquisitely packed in silkscreened recycled LP covers and look stunning. Also the labels are very well done. Lectio is a split disc with Reynols in what is called the Microcassettor series. The name implies exactly what the content appears to be: a recording of a live gig by Reynols on microtape and Tore's Lectio Parts I to IV, an 'opus for found dysfunctional tape deck + loose magnetic tape + microcassettors'. So yes, this is very lo-fi, no question, and of course that's exactly the charm. The Reynols concert was apparently a very good one, it starts off pretty messily, but soon evolves into a layer of feedback (?) sounds that has a strong captivating quality. Tore's tracks are almost drones, long sounds with a rough and grungy texture, unpolished and bleak. They posess a very natural inherent beauty, something that Tore is a very keen observer of.
Koh-I-Noor is Tore's 'opus for self-made laptop + dual speed + slapstring tapas'. Though I have personally witnessed Tore on his laptop (a wooden box with piezo elements, pieces of metal, wood, strings and other odd stuff attached to it), I have never seen him play slapstring tapas, so what these are must remain a mystery for the time being. These reocrdings are different from the Lectio ones, because this involves more playing. We can hear scraping and brushing on metal, drones and buzzes from tape and other unidentifiable sound sources, but all with the same lo-fi character. Again this has a strong charm, but I can hear a slight danger in this quality: it lacks a certain dynamic depth that would give way more energy to the whole. Other than that, these are two good releases. (MR)

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