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Unearthed Review: Kareelag Vista. Zero stars.

By johnboy - 29 August 2011 28

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Unearthed Review continues its inexorable progress through the Canberra musicians on the TripleJ Unearthed website.

By popular request the Eagle’s Nest denizens are shooting me in the head with nerf guns demanding I turn off Kareelah Vista.

He has this to say about himself:

Kareelah Vista is the electronic music production work of Sebastian Ryan. After dj’ing for a couple of years, playing music for countless and while continuing studies in Digital Arts, Kareelah Vista stands as the product of all the influences Sebastian has had; from DJ’s, live performance and new media arts. With all of these influences, Kareelah Vista aims to produce performance and installation pieces that combine electronic music with digital video art.

Opinion is hugely divided up here about what we think of Kareelah Vista’s tracks. Some think it is awful, others that it’s the worst thing they’ve ever heard.

There’s a heavy use of sounds which have a similar effect to nails drawn over a blackboard.

Another problem is a lack of dynamism within the tracks, 10 seconds listen generally suffices to know what the next three minutes will bring.

I’d have liked to have listened longer to get a better idea for possible hidden depth. But my colleagues had moved beyond threatening violence, if I continued to play it, to actually perpetrating violence to make it stop.

No stars.

(We note he’s got some fans of his live performance which we pass no judgment of)

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28 Responses to
Unearthed Review: Kareelag Vista. Zero stars.
johnboy 11:06 am 07 Sep 11

No, I listened to it all.

I just wasn’t able to give it a repeat listen because of the unpleasant effect it had on listeners.

But feel free to give your opinions about the music (try and limit yourself to what’s on unearthed which everyone can listen to) rather than just throwing your toys out of the pram about the review.

Snoman 11:02 am 07 Sep 11

also an implication that you didn’t even listen to the entirety of his unearthed content before condemning it to a zero, an accurate and truthful reflection of the credibility of your reviews JB

johnboy 10:34 am 07 Sep 11

an accurate and truthful reflection of the impact of the music.

Snoman 10:26 am 07 Sep 11

I was alluding to this in your review:

“I’d have liked to have listened longer to get a better idea for possible hidden depth. But my colleagues had moved beyond threatening violence, if I continued to play it, to actually perpetrating violence to make it stop.”

johnboy 10:21 am 07 Sep 11

This process has always been a review solely of the material presented on unearthed.

Snoman 10:19 am 07 Sep 11

hey first of all I have to say I apologize sincerely to Sebastian if he’s read this, I was the one who suggested riotACT site reviews his unearthed and I guess I should’ve checked that johnboy (and his denizens?!) wasn’t such a joke of a reviewer.

Secondly I want to say I’m hugely dissappointed in the comments above, I joined riotACT very recently believing it to be an actively balanced and current local community website, in this case either you’re blindly rallying behind a regular author despite the fact that this is a disgracefully slimy and dismissive excuse for a review or the riotACT community is just a narrow-minded, more conservative crowd than I first thought.

Either way I’d just like to say I think Sebastian is a rare breed, he constantly pushes the envelope of electronica and is braver with his compositions than many, far more well-known artists in the genre. If you like the music Delorean, James Holden, M83 or Crystal Castles than you should definitely check this artist out.

And yeah johnboy, there’s only 3 tracks on the Unearthed page listen to the whole thing before zeroing an emerging local artist, 0/5 for credibility.

Jethro 9:48 pm 31 Aug 11

I believe they looped this music at 105dB at Guantanamo Bay

LSWCHP 9:00 pm 31 Aug 11

I wonder if this dude can actually play one of those, you know, musical instrument things.

Perhaps, but I suspect not. And I surmise that the inability to play an actual instrument contributes to the awfulness of the sounds that his gadgets emit.

Correct me if I’m wrong.

Thoroughly Smashed 8:16 pm 31 Aug 11

I listened to all three songs on the unearthed website. I guess nobody said art had to be good.

Now I want to hurt johnboy too.

p1 4:44 pm 31 Aug 11

Phoebe09 said :

Perhaps if you had bothered to actually review his work seriously you might realise that this artist is going a little furthur than most other ‘satisfy the masses’ DJ’s and writing music with a unqiue concept. As he says himself he: ‘aims to produce performance and installation pieces that combine electronic music with digital video art.”

That is nice, but since the music is on a website devoted to music, reviewing it as standalone music is probably reasonable. Plus, the review does actually distinguish quite well between JB’s opinion, and the opinion of the “masses” and their propensity for violence.

djk 3:44 pm 31 Aug 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Phoebe09 said :

You might also have noticed that he has four reviews on his work on the unearthed website, all 5 star and raving about his music.

Big sample size there.

Well it proves he has at least four friends… Or maybe just four email accounts.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:43 pm 31 Aug 11

Phoebe09 said :

You might also have noticed that he has four reviews on his work on the unearthed website, all 5 star and raving about his music.

Big sample size there.

DarkLadyWolfMother 12:01 pm 31 Aug 11

You need to buy some of those headphone thingies. They work well for putting off certain types of violence.

Diggety 10:21 am 31 Aug 11

It sounds like some are taking “The Mighty Boosh” a little too seriously.

Phoebe09 10:02 am 31 Aug 11

What an unprofessional and poorly written review.
Perhaps if you had bothered to actually review his work seriously you might realise that this artist is going a little furthur than most other ‘satisfy the masses’ DJ’s and writing music with a unqiue concept. As he says himself he: ‘aims to produce performance and installation pieces that combine electronic music with digital video art.’ Good on him for being brave and creative.
You might also have noticed that he has four reviews on his work on the unearthed website, all 5 star and raving about his music.
The only thing you got right is that he does indeed have many fans of his live (not liver as you have written) performance. Sebastian Ryan is an incredibly popular DJ who I have seen perform many times and not once has he not had the entire dancefloor packed.
I’m thrilled to see a local artist thinking outside the box and I look forward to seeing his career progress.

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