Post Tagged with: "Modular"

Ignatius :: Legacy Systems (Buried In Time)

Legacy Systems, in summary, is built upon the fluid relationship between man and machine, offering along the way, an extraterrestrial sound field that is utter Autechrean electronic bliss. Perhaps pointing to outdated computer systems, or technology in its title, Ignatius—covered quite a bit in our pages—continues to craft out of this world modular audio collages […]

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3View :: Asymmetrical Head, EXO_C, Kothyus (Bonding Tapes / Kvitnu / People Can Listen)

A three-pack review including the latest purveyors of experimental-electronic sound emanated from San Diego, California-based Bonding Tapes, Vienna, Austria-based Kvitnu, and Mogilev, Belarus-based People Can Listen imprints. Asymmetrical Head :: Information World Remixes EP (Bonding Tapes) Just a few years ago we described the original Information World EP—released on Bewegung, 2014—as “a well-balanced if not tranquil […]

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C_C :: Impendulo (Da Heard It!)

Nine tracks that ravage, ricochet, and syncopate their way through, Impendulo delivers high-level, machine-driven tectonic sound, and subtle melodic twists. Impendulo follows up from 2012’s Retro Action (Bedroom Research) which was described as “a collision between industrial, noise, dub and electro migrating around definitive analog rhythms.” This new title has a resemblance to Jack Dangers’ (of Meat […]

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SB-Six :: Trajectories EP (Mindtrick)

Seven original, all modular pieces, and two complimentary remixes by EVS (cover art credit) and He3dless, Trajectories is electrical bliss. Seven original, all modular pieces, and two complimentary remixes by EVS (cover art credit) and He3dless, Trajectories is electrical bliss. Not entirely doused in left of center dub as the imprint has nurtured over the […]

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Ignatius :: Hudibrastic & Smug Ruins EPs (Buried In Time)

Ignatius blends (these) interconnected noisy streams into mangled glitch sandstorms and electrical distortions. Ignatius certainly knows a thing or two about modular equipment, on both Hudibrastic and Smug Ruins, it’s evident that there’s more to life than waiting for another round of Autechre material. If elseq-1-5 was any indication of Ae’s “constantly shifting focus,” than Ignatius […]

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Mtch :: Dplx Cut Optr (Kaer‘Uiks)

Perhaps a next generation Gantz Graf foray, here we receive nine erratic, electronic time-capsules strung through a tangled wire mess, broken beat boxes and atonal DSP-driven composition. A digestible wall of wide-angle digital noise. Mtch, we’ll have to admit, is a relatively new moniker to these ears—and they were featured in one of our favorite […]

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Jesse Osborne-Lanthier :: Unalloyed, Unlicensed, All Night! (Raster-Noton)

An abrasive, agitated and swift EP that bursts at the seams, as it should, based on its initial construct. Robust and well-rounded, it’s hard to believe this EP was conceived only 2-hrs before a live set in Paris. The Berlin / Montreal-based, Canadian unearths cataclysmic electronics for this Raster-Noton release. Broken techno slivers punch through […]

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Chris Randall :: Oscillator Breach (Detroit Underground)

What should we expect from this stylistic chameleon? Heavy bass, for starters. More of those delicious dub/dub-techno chord changes and beats. Six original tacks, then four more which receive loving treatment from a cast of remixers including Proem and the inimitable Baseck. Chris Randall, according to his twitter bio, is a “Musician, Writer, User Interface […]

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Retic :: Keep Drinking The Water (Self-Released)

8-tracks, filled with clever modular activity front to back and well-worth the $1/each price-tag. Currently residing in Sacramento—originally from Indianapolis—Retic (aka Doug Teike) has produced electronic music for about 16-years and continues to purvey and pursue his audio signature. I’ll admit up-front coming into this review, that I’m surprised I don’t have a larger Retic library, […]

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Driftmachine :: Colliding Contours (Umor Rex)

The duo have mastered the art of shifting and sliding synthesized blocks into echoed detours. By reconfiguring ever so slowly, each minuscule bit develops into vast audible sub-structures. Eroded dub drones and corrosive industrial hypnotics are in focus with Berlin’s Driftmachine, their latest titled Colliding Contours is available on Mexico’s Umor Rex. Continuing to stretch modular […]

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Heidi Lord :: English Electric (Weme)

Each piece is self-contained perpetual motion. Sourcing MRI equipment, modular synthesizers, gongs and guitars, sampled conversation from the grocery store and her own voice, she waxes elegiac, abstract, concrete, and yes, somehow very English. One of the most successful debuts of the year. English Electric is a gallery of sonic sculptures, the first solo exhibition by Heidi […]

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Driftmachine :: Eis Heauton EP (Umor Rex)

75% composed from self-generating patches developed as a kind of machine monologue. Don’t get me wrong: I like difficult music. A lot. Always have. As a kid I sought it out, driving friends and family nuts while I listened to it. In fact if it did then I liked it all the more. Varese, No […]

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Talos :: Many Worlds Interpretation EP (Layer Based Human Activity)

A brooding stretch of industrial wastelands and modular buzzing spread all about. An audio-visual cassette and custom made booklet and poster, not surprisingly, from the ever creative Layer Based Human Activity, in conjunction with Talos—previously described as an independent audio-visual project duo focusing on the exploration of electronic music, static and motion graphics, photography and nature. Here […]

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Mnemonic :: Result no. 7 (Halbsicht)

An album that offers grainy electrical bits and minuscule bytes—both upbeat and downbeat—venturing into experimental arcade-styled themes. Eerie, 8-bit modular blips and bleeps unfold on “Small Matter” as dusty synth particles cascade in harmonic bliss. Glitches and switches spread all about, Mnemonic sends melodic transmissions akin to Skanfrom, built from analog music boxes and dangling […]

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Snowbeasts :: Snowbeasts (Component)

Snowbeasts is surfing on more darkened and meditatively cerebral droned-out waves, with some neo-kosmische touches, genuinely cinematic and coldly moving. Snowbeasts is the soundscaping dark ambient-esque project of Raab Codec. This first and self-titled album is signed on the independent netlabel Component Recordings (Pattern Behavior, Somatic Responses…). Raab Codec already published solo materials on the […]

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