'...To me, the digital mutations of 'Sphere of Interest', 'Idle Chatter', 'Ethereal Tether' and 'Grønligrotta' sound like an old fashioned vision of the future: sounds appear like bleak concrete cityscapes, then become overwhelmed by pulses that explore the stereo field like bytes of data finding their way around networks. Upon reading the composer's notes in the sleeve, I discovered a very different story. She describes 'Idle Chatter' as 'Two tones chat to each other. Neither voice will wait for the other to finish gossiping...' This reinforces KleinSmid's tendency for the whimsical and ironic. Conversely, 'Des Vetters Eckfenster' and 'The Rats in the Walls' feel more organic, where KleinSmid allows the ebb and flow of tides of sound to envelop the listener. In these pieces, KleinSmid occasionally surprises us, dropping us into a new part her world with only a lingering memory of what came before. This is especially evident in 'Des Vetters Eckfenster' (sharing the name with Hoffmann's short story), where suddenly the viewpoint is shifted and we zoom into the subatomic structure of the track. Next to this, 'Five-Word Farrago' is quite a contrast. Five words are repeated, building up a dizzying tapestry of familiar and yet unusual sounds. Micro-fragments of these sounds occasionally build melodies, then rhythms are developed as these patterns morph into new forms. The final piece, 'What Happens to the Deep-Sea Divers' is a disorientating affair, with voices threatening to push through the surface of warped drones, and then falling back underneath the surface again. As it fades out, I was left wondering if the deep-sea divers had drowned from the bends. Ex Vivo largely sounds artificial, as you might expect from the title. It's an emotionally confusing ride, feeling like a strange collection of Meri Von Kleinsmid's personal reflections. 'Des Vetters Eckfenster' left me wanting more, despite being perhaps the most disturbing piece of all.' -Alex Young for Furthernoise.