Various ‎– Hypertronics

Cassette, Compilation, C60



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June 4, 2012
This album opens with "Ohmage" by CHARLES DITTO - deep electronic noises over which other, almost living sounds create interesting patterns - it's as if he has taken a 4/4 construction and built a strict-tempo anti rhythm over it. This dissolves into something larger, more dramatic - huge, sweeping notes, like low-flying aircraft. Next is an excerpt from "Keizai AATO" by LE MOT AND KINO - another strange and Industrial drum pattern which transmutes and complicates, creating a harsh chopping piece of noise which works its way into your brain like some metallic leech. "Winter-Strange" by THE MUSIC SOCIETY comes next, a delicate filigree of light sequencer which evokes frost or falling snow. It has an edge which suggests something darker lurking just out of sight, something which might converse in the language of frost bite and hypothermia. 23 MUSIC provide the next piece - "Invocations 2 G 4" - synth music which suggests raw and dangerous electricity. It reminds me of one of the more laid back parts of "2nd Annual Report" - pitch changing bass and wet electronic sounds. "AG87" by W.F.MACKENZIE comes next on acoustic guitar and what sounds like flute or organ - it's a non-beat thing which still manages to hold together well, evoking strange images with it's muted-but-clear music - it sometimes sounds like a cross between Ragtime and calliope with some early 80s guitar band structure thrown in. "Mumcin Sjainy" by DINO OON & KONRAD KRAFT comes next, a medium-fastish piece of Electro-heavy music - a fully formed piece owing much to Rock and 70s European Electronic groups, eithough it does sound relentlessly driven. "Vengol" is another delicate thing, a little cold and wintery, although very well played with interesting piano ripples - it might make a nice soundtrack to a video of flowing rivers in the Winter. The closing track, an excerpt from "Clock Paradox" by ANDREAS BICK opens with someone kicking a can along, then huge buzzing sounds like planes or swarming flies sweep up and allow a racing train sound access. The music blends in with all of this - fairly complex drum and xylophone patterns sounding both Ethnic, and similar to stuff by STEVE REICH. This changes before fading out altogether.
"1/12" by ANTON BALSAM opens the second side, dulled ambient piano over which distant seagulls can be heard as glockenspiel and organ can be heard over the top. "Zipping Up" by FEATURING KAREN WHEELER is a minimal Hip Hop type thing, Jam-packed-full of samples. It's sparse structure adds more to it than you can imgine, with the samples filling it out amply. "Indus Tree" by BRUNO BE ANGELIS opens in an Ethnic flavour with deep 'n' dramatic synth lines beneath. It reminds me a little of something by TAZARTES, but perhaps a little darker. DIDI gives us "Voice Dances" next, a strange thing, with menacing bass sounds and an upbeat tempo which tries now and then to break free of its constraints and become Pop music - thank goodness it fails, because what it leaves us with is superior fragmented music, with slices of choir and 'found sound', all subtle & well fitting. The next track is an excerpt from "Break" by JEREMY CLARKE - what sounds like a total guitar track but is rather strange in it's construction - fragmentary playing! Next up is "Masai Mara" by IDEE DU FEMELLE, based on an Ethnic-style drum structure, a muted and disquieting piece of music with horns rising up through the drums to echo through the rafters. Another excerpt comes next from "Bianca Drifts Away" by LESTER PALOCSAY - a large, fairly noisy piece which forms into shimmering rhythms, then shatters into several different parts, flying into deep space. It then reforms to create something oddly machine-like in its composition and execution. Finally we come to another excerpt from "Clock Paradox" by ANDREAS BICK - this time the atmosphere is warmer, more laid back, like watching the sun go down into a gently susurrating sea while lying on warm Caribbean sands.

Overall an Interesting and listenable album varying from Experimental to mild Industrial. Well worth seeking out.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.