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Drowned in Bodrog: Review by Albert E. Trapezoid

Well, I did it… I finally found one good thing about 2020…Makunouchi Bento has released two albums. Earlier this year it was “Ghostophonia,” and now we get what “could be the soundtrack for the imaginary sequel of Bodrog.” But even if this new one, “Drowned in Bodrog,” is a sequel, you don’t need to know anything about its inspiration to enjoy this one. The first track “Across Irradiated Furnace Suns” is a good example of...

Drowned in Bodrog: Review by Borealiscape at Recent Music Heroes

Makunouchi Bento, a duo from Romania (Felix Petrescu, and Valentin Toma) has issued a sequel to their previous release Ghostophonia. Musically the case is quite similar drenched with high-pitched and slowed-down synth progressions which by their nature and emotive side are ominous and eerie. Slight difference comes in by exploiting more Fantasy-filled motives and gravity-free electronics as if some puckish fairies using one's toilet room. It could have happened but this bunch of tight...

Ghostophonia: Review by Albert E. Trapezoid

“Ghostophonia” by Silent Strike & Makunouchi Bento I’ve raved before about Makonouchi Bento (Felix Petrescu and Valentin Toma) because they have a certain genius for coming up with a story concept and fleshing it out with creative soundscapes. Their latest, “Ghostophonia,” is no exception. This time they’ve collaborated with Silent Strike (Ioan Titu) to create some fantastic noise around the idea of ghosts, both real and imagined. The team says “Ghostophonia” is a concept album “loosely...

Ghostophonia: Review by Miron Ghiu at Black Rhino Music

Launched as the first release of the new label Cinemaude, cinematic and experimental sounds oriented, Ghostophonia is a real gem of experimental electronic music. Heavily based on the modified samples of Bela Bartók's folklore music from the Banat area, recorded on phonograph cylinders about a century ago, the album is the result of a collaborative live show between Silent Strike and Makunouchi Bento. The induced-state of the project is one of an imaginary soundtrack...

Ghostophonia: Review by Borealiscape at Recent Music Heroes

This 13-track outing is a collaboration between two Romanian artists one of them is a duo called Makunouchi Bento may be (well-) known to visitors at RMH. Getting inspiration from the invisible and mysterious they have managed to reassemble ghostly shades and hyper-realistic flickers with the assistance of more or less traditional sounds. The heart of the release is a series of wax cylinders recorded by Béla Bartók approximately the century ago, capturing the...

Ghostophonia: Review by Ștefan Tiron at TimeSpace Warps

Ghostophonia album by Makunouchi Bento & Silent Strike via Bela Bartok (2020) In some ways the earth has become more hospitable to the long gone extinct ones than to the ones whose very lives are at stake in the here and the now. On the surface, and according to the current ethno political fad, ghosts across Eastern Europe and elsewhere, ghosts of time gone by, of golden ages spent in plenty or carelessness are welcome, even...

Ghostophonia: Review by Feeder.ro

Ioan Titu aka Silent Strike teams up with Felix Petrescu and Valentin Toma aka Makunouchi Bento for a very special electronic music treat titled “Ghostophonia”. Loosely based on the folklore music from the region of Banat, Romania, collected and recorded by Béla Bartók on phonograph cylinders roughly a century ago, the 13 tracks reveal an eerie experience designed with carefully crafted atmospheres, modulations and effects. The concept album was created for the Retracing Bartók...

Ghostophonia: Review by Lucian Ștefănescu at Radio Europa Liberă Moldova

Am mai vorbit la Dicționarul de sunete rare despre Silent Strike (proiectul muzical al lui Ioan Titu, de la București) și despre duo-ul de muzică electronică experimentală Makunouchi Bento (alcătuit din Felix Petrescu și Valentin Toma, de la Timișoara). Am vorbit despre ei separat (cu Silent Strike am și discutat), la aparițiile diverselor albume pe care le-au creat în ultimii ani. Am acum șansa să vorbesc la Dicționarul de sunete rare despre Silent Strike și despre...

Ghostophonia: Review by Richard Allen at A Closer Listen

Ghostophonia is a tribute to Romanian music, a mix of classic and modern styles, simultaneously nostalgic and forward-looking. The heart of the release is a series of wax cylinders recorded by Béla Bartók a century ago, capturing the folk music of Banat, Romania. Romanian iconoclasts Makunouchi Bento and Silent Strike set this music in new frames, highlighting its otherworldly tone while drawing attention to its enduring appeal. “Sun Falls Silent” includes tribal beats...

Swimé: Review by Selenaru_Negrea at RateYourMusic

I know that Qewza and WakaX, the members of this properly titled outfit Makunouchi Bento, were long-time associated with TMBase. I must admit that I never attented that festival, but I venture to guess that there was nothing even close to the sheer wildness of this album. For the Romanian music scene, this is one hell of an experiment - highly sophisticated avant-garde electronic music that is really hard to describe. Tightrope walking on...