Rules of the Game
Born 1983. Illusion of Safety intrepidly charts the terra incognita where sound, silence, noise and music intersect. Using conventional instruments, sound generating devices and random objects, IOS hews sonic sculptures that deliberately provoke, mesmerize and even affront listeners. Their work has been continually evolving, never settling into an easy niche. Since 1991 IOS have released 20 CDs on labels such as Silent, OddSize, Staalplaat, Soleilmoon, Manifold, Tesco, Die Stadt, Ossosnossos, and Complacency. Their work has been called ambient, post-industrial, electro-acoustic, electronica, noise, sound collage, improvisation, and power-electronics. Unable to categorize their work into one style, each release, live performance, and sometimes individual piece often shifts abruptly from one atmosphere to another. Leading some to describe their output as schizophrenic. Referencing external & enhancing internal locations, manipulating semi-recognizable elements in structures of a re-arranged language of error. Destroyed music, broken sound, disturbed ambience and the quest for the sublime. This is my best (favorite) work along with Distraction...dan.