Subjex :: Echo System (Schematic Music Company)

As a sound-sculptor, Subjex lets his machinery mutate in and around itself causing a delicate balance of extraterrestrial dub-soundscapes and industrialized low-end to flourish.

Subjex ‘Echo System’

[Release page] By now many electronic music enthusiasts should be familiar with Matthieu Debliqui’s Subjex moniker as he’s released a small handful of notable EP’s for the likes of Planet Mu, Somia, In Vitro and Combine since 2003. Fast-forward to the latter part of 2011 and we (finally) see Subjex venturing into full-length terrain with Florida’s renowned Schematic Music Company. The story of Echo System‘s creation, however, is slightly complicated.

While focused on his label operations with Bedroom Research—offering choice selections of chiseled electronics—Subjex is a multi-talented artist in his own right. Delving deep into the channels of processed and re-processed sound collages, there’s a mutation of electronic activity ever-present on Echo System. Having developed this body of work as a sort of compilation of experiments from 2003—2011, Subjex allowed his compositions to breath on their own, letting the machinery propose strings of sound in which an eventual response to these selected impulses would be refined and optimized for the resultant works. While all of this may sound very technical—and it probably is—it simply boils down to this audio scientist having feedback relations with the tools used during creation. As these aforementioned impulses were fed into chains of complex modulations, various sequences would evolve and devolve over time—almost sounding alive and needing macroscopic adjustments to control the final output. This sense of relation to the music keeps Echo System free-floating and transformed into a ghostly state of being. As a sound-sculptor, Subjex lets his machinery mutate in and around itself causing a delicate balance of extraterrestrial dub-soundscapes and industrialized low-end to flourish.

There is an ambient swirling haze ever-present on “Behind A Blackhole.” Sub-aquatic bass and electro-acoustic elements flicker on “Iteration Dub” and “Chained Reaction.” “Fractal Geometry” administers a beat-laden pulse of frequency shifts as the title track is placed in a gravity chamber of subtle analog manipulations. As biology and structuralism come into play on Echo System, Subjex injects a considerable dose of morphing DSP rhythms that somehow manifests both human and alien landscapes. Technology and natural elements are blended to perfection, even if some of the works undulate vigorously.

Time has not aged the music presented on Echo System, however, space has opened the channels in this collection of sci-fi electronic mayhem and organic disorder.

Echo System is available on Schematic Music Company. [Release page]

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