Beaumont Hannant ‎– Texturology

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Tracklist

Teqtonik 7:03
Vague 7:41
Shades Of Haze 7:19
Crouton 10:04
Mind Colours 6:05
A Summer Spent 7:20
Oblique 7:28
Woven Textures 6:32
Morphous 4:45
Latur 7:43

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radiophonic72

radiophonic72

April 8, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Texturology, 2xLP, Album, GPR|LP|4
What became of this guy? He was a musical prodigy of the time. This album (both versions) was absolutely amazing and I'm still listening/loving 21yrs later!! 10 out of 10.
MrZyc

MrZyc

September 24, 2014
referencing Texturology, 2xLP, Album, GPR|LP|4

sound particularly nice.
doctorg

doctorg

February 25, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Texturology, 2xLP, Album, GPR|LP|4
I appreciated the reviewer's comments below. IDM is a particularly unintelligent and unhelpful label, condescendingly suggesting not only that all other dance music is stupid (look, early rave with its dummies and glow sticks wasn't often especially clever), but also arrogantly implying that there was some kind of wizard brainy ingredient in abstract-noodling, goatee-stroking and head-nodding techno that guaranteed entry into Hogwarts. Hogwash. Very nice album from Beaumont Hannant that is somewhere between LFO's glacial scifi futurology, Autechre's experimentalism and Aphex Twin's otherworldliness, though really it occupies its own dreamy space. There are incredible production skills on display here and a nice line in skittering breakbeats in places. Recommended. ~*~
scoundrel

scoundrel

April 6, 2009
referencing Texturology, CD, Album, GPR|CD|4

_Texturology_ continues and expands Beaumont Hannant’s explorations of sound, from the long swirls and breaks of “Teqtonic” to the sedate but no less complex “Vague.” Hannant oftentimes holds back his melodies until the midway point (as in “Shades of Haze), establishing the mood first. “A Summer Spent” is a warm slice of melancholy, while the modulated voices in “Oblique” adds a certain eeriness. The tracks also show careful development: the various iterations of “Crouton” flow into one another. _Texturology_ seems to have more consistency than Hannant’s previous long player and holds together better as an album. “Latur” drifts quietly at the start, only to introduce some acid-laced waveforms midway and a delicate piano line towards the end. Excellent.
cthulhu303

cthulhu303

November 27, 2007
referencing Texturology, 2xLP, Album, GPR|LP|4
Thirteen years after its release, this and the contemporary, comparable "limited" issue still sound like the future, the past and the present. Picking elements that work in various musical subgenres while ditching their dodgy parts, Hannant blends the leftovers into a combination that, in theory, has limited chances of success. Nonetheless, "trance" melodies, "electro" programming, "industrial" percussions, "ambient" soundscapes all mix and create something else, uncategorisable, that must have confused music reviewers of the mid-nineties who had to make up new terms to define this kind of things.
IDM it became, then, and the name does not do the music justice too well: Music, yes; Dance, not necessarily, as it at least as suitable for armchair listening; Intelligent, well, it is not of the brainless kind and does tend to leave the mind wander about freely, that is for sure, but to call it intelligent seems quite pompous and gives the composer pretentions they might not have had. The even vaguer 'electronica' is perhaps more appropriate.
Anyway, the content mostly oscillates between dreamy, hypnotic and eerie with a clever rhythmic drive and, one can imagine, would be an ideal soundtrack for night driving or, more poetically, sleepwalking. The production is enormous and the attention to detail that permeates throughout Beaumont Hannant's work is certainly here at its peak.
One of those relatively unknown albums that would deserve a recurrent mention in the "which records would you take on a desert island" polls.