CDr Small Doses DOSETWENTYNINE (USA, 05-2008)
Limited, handnumbered edition of 68 copies
02. Blues for Albert Hoffman
03. Senshi Polygon
04. The Adrenochrome Hypothesis
05. Saucers of the Illuminati
Five unedited tracks of sinewave generator improvisations
Five tracks of incredible sinewave generator improvisations. No computers. No editing. It’s pretty amazing stuff by Mike Karnowski, who often works under the name Potpie – with several releases on Backporch Revolution and his own Ixnay Records imprint. He took inspiration from the likes of Jajouka, Konono #1, and Terry Riley and churned out some complex and mesmerizing work. One one hand the music sounds incredibly modern, but if I was told this stuff was created by some tweaked out evil genius decades ago, I would certainly believe it. (Small Doses)
Made entirely on a sinewave generator, these five improvisations are evocative of early electronic minimalism. The title track, a twenty minute weaving of spinning tones (that’s a good fifteen minutes longer than the other tracks here) is the best thing here. It’s softly orbiting patterns, anchorless electronics and thoughtful primitivism generating widening mesh of melodies. Some of the other tracks take an obviously less melodic conduit, becoming jarring and a little head-heavy intensive systems-check that become atonal warning cries.
Using shorter sinewaves, their shortened span like an actual rhythm, The Adrenochrome Hypothesis leans more towards shortwave captures. As either a release or as an experiment it certainly pays off, but those who like a more minimal an clamorous ride will get the most out of it. (Scott McKeating, Foxy Digitalis)
Suivant l’humeur, on sera hypnotisé ou on trouvera le temps un poil long, mais si on est pris dans les transports en commun ça devrait fonctionner (j’ai pas testé ceci dit…).
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