Fold ‎– Fold

BineMusic ‎– BINE 003CD
CD, EP, Limited Edition


1 Un.Fold 5:10
2 Funktion() 4:30
3 Exit 5:48
4 AAA 4:25



Limited to 500 copies.



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March 20, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
It took a long time for this CD to grow on me. I'm not sure why, since it only features 4 tracks but I had a strange aversion to it and had a hard time getting through its opening track. After a few months of owning it, I came back to it recently with fresh ears and am glad that all my attempts to ditch it on ebay were unsuccessful. It's a release that incorporates ambient and experimental techno in a fashion not unlike Higher Intelligence Agency or the early work of Taylor Deupree and Savvis Ysatis. It revisits the early days of spacey ambient music, exploring the connection between earth, the sky and the space beyond.

The first track ping pongs bleeps in a very regimented way until some much-welcomed warm synth pads creep into the mix about 4 minutes into the track. The anonymous bleeps are a nice juxtaposition against these warmer oozings of sound. The track immediately becomes more organic and the combination of the two is quite lovely.

The second track abandons this warmth for a darker environment. First, Touzimsky sets up crisp cut-up beats that echo and volley, then he adds a more dominant staccato rhythm that slaps the first rhythm around and gives the track a rigid robotic feel. Next, Touzimsky adds the occasional peal of glitch followed by a resounding low end thump. All four of these elements push each other on, spewing out an increasingly complex rhythm. It's a monster that simply subsumes everything in its path, churns it up and uses it for its own dastardly purposes.

The third track is musical aloe. It immediately establishes itself as a serene and warm ambient counterpart to the raw rhythm-heavy leviathon just encountered. It also seems to have a connection with the sounds traditionally associated with SETI. Organic moments are occasionally interrupted by clear signals, creating a sort of interstellar ambient music.

The fourth track is like a satellite in space, eavesdropping on far away discussions of the Cold War and political intrigue while a digital washboard scratches away and a pulsating beacon swells and grows. The chatter grows louder and more distorted along with the ambient noise in the background. These elements begin to bleed into each other until neither is distinguishable and both fade away.