Anthony Manning ‎– A Manning Compendium

Unbearable Recordings ‎– UNBCIDDI004
CD, Compilation


1 Chromium Nebulae I 8:23
2 Concision XI 2:22
3 Concision V 3:36
4 Islets In Pink Polypropylene IV 5:46
5 Liquid Quartz III 5:13
6 Chromium Nebulae III 10:30
7 Concision II 3:45
8 Concision VII 1:58
9 Elastic Variations I 5:14
10 Islets In Pynk Polypropylene III 4:42
11 Liquid Quartz II 3:17
12 Concision XIII 8:08
13 Elastic Variations IV 6:19
14 Concision VIII 0:58



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June 6, 2015

Excellent overview of Manning's work on the Irdial label, one of the unsung heroes at the experimental interface of ambient and minimalist techno stylings. Much of 'Chromium Nebulae' seems to share a musical kinship with early (and best) Aphex Twin, with its minimalist structures and improvised noodlings; it also shares James's feeling of excitement at new discovery within his keyboards. 'Elastic Variations' (still only available on 12") has a compulsive and forthright quality without getting caught in AT's drill n'bass straitjacket. 'Islets' and 'Concision' are highly intelligent articulations of rhythm, time, space. Composed within apparently restrictive parameters ( CN was composed using the 'Melody matrix', apparently), yet using imagination and the espirit d'corp of restriction allowing great freedom if discipline is applied. Highly recommended.


May 23, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

This CD only compilation neatly compiles tracks from some now hard to find releases on the Irdial label. The music is deep production whit a dark, subtle, often minimal edge and an unusual line in treated old school effects symbolise his work, combine that whit his great love for Black Dog / B12 type chords and string lines and you have this quality CD, i like it a lot.