Post Abortion Stress is the angst and psychological trauma a women experiences after an aborted pregnancy. It is also a collective of abstract sound artists from Brooklyn. Started by Robert Pepper in 1995, the name is a metaphor for “those who have been aborted by society, because their point of view doesn’t fit in the constraints of ‘normal’ society,” and the music they create expresses this alienation, along with an affinity for pure sound. PAS’s music, it seems to me, is more akin to art than music. Although the music hints at patterns and rhythms, it’s more like a free form sound collage with no traditional musical foundation. It’s a combination of effected sounds, often made with found objects, that talk to and interact with each other in ways that only the individual listener can propose in his or her own mind. It is like music for a strange animation, with the listener’s own imagination, experiences, and memories left to draw the images.
They have a pretty impressive catalog, which includes some interesting collaborations and side projects like the new york quartet Jazzfakers, and they’ve performed at countless music festivals around the world. Info on all of their concerts, collaborations, videos, as well as a complete discography for sale is on their homepage. This is from their 2010 collab with HATI, appropriately called: P.H.A.S.T.I.
PAS & HATI - Stage 4 (Delta Sleep) by Alrealon Musique