Porter RicksBiokinetics

Label:Chain Reaction – CRD-01
CD, Album, Repress, Embossed Tin Case
Style:Ambient, Dub Techno


1Port Gentil12:23
2Nautical Dub5:46
3Biokinetics 15:18
4Biokinetics 28:27
5Port Of Call9:09
6Port Of Nuba8:02
7Nautical Nuba8:54
8Nautical Zone12:06

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Packaging: Embossed tin case, with stickered-on cover art, no booklet.

℗ 1996 BCP BMG/UFA.

This repress features a different CD face with a different (later) fax number, an additional label code and different layout compared to the original 1996 release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 18755 03012 7
  • Barcode (Scanned): 718755030127
  • Label Code: LC 01044
  • Matrix / Runout: BOD EFA 50301
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L357
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5227

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  • omission's avatar
    Edited 3 years ago
    Biokinetics 1 is surely one of the strangest tracks I've heard. Fuzzy, zipper-like whooshing noises with a tinny three-note melody overtop. What even is it? It's kind of funky. It's almost my favorite track here. I like how this starkly non-techno thing interjects between the two best tracks on the album.

    You can hear Koner's typical low-frequency drones on Biokinetics 2, which is more ambient than ambient techno...the rest are great of course. The Nubas resemble rubber balls hitting a hard surface, perhaps a stylistic companion to Autechre's VI Scose Poise. Nautical Zone is a triumphant closer.
    • Cires's avatar
      I simply LOVE Biokinetics 2. It sounds like you are walking on the surface of the oceans, and you can hear your heart beating very slowly the whole time. With the synthsounds being alien deep sea animal sounds we haven´t discovered yet. I like to listen to it via headphones. It´s one of these tracks which give you the thrills each time you listen to it.

      It´s also one of the PR tracks in which you can hear, that this track was/must have been exclusively produced by Thomas Köner without any influence made by Mellwig.

      Tracks like number 5 and 6 on this album have this distinctive sound Mellwig used in his works as "Continuous Mode".
      • Jbrandt's avatar
        Unfortunatly for the priceraisers this will be re-released. Fortunatly for those who haven't got a copy.
        This is a real musthave for anyone who likes their music deep.
        • schnicki81's avatar
          Edited 12 years ago
          The first Chain Reaction CD and another mighty release on that label.
          What can I say? The journey starts with Port Gentil which shows, how beautiful deep Techno music can be. But all the other tracks are amazing, too. And the track titles do them utterly justice. The whole album is very nautical and sounds like a trip with a submarine through the depth of the ocean. It's sooo awesome. I never heard another record, that sounds even approximately to this CD.
          A true masterpiece.
          • mjago85's avatar
            Edited 16 years ago
            One album that managed to stand the test of time and become a true classic of the genre. Like Daft Punk's "Homework", its influence in this style is almost ubiquitous, yet often subtlely employed. Swirling underwater textures coupled with harsh techno beats and a degree Basic Channel subtlety is the name of the game here, and listening to their solo ventures, you can easily see who brings what to the mix. Without doubt, "Nautical Dub" is the track that always does it for me; all of the elements come to a major climax here (albeit an early one) and the result is one of the most defining tracks of minimal techno. If only it was a little longer...
            • zthrockm's avatar
              Edited 17 years ago
              Porter Ricks’ “Biokinetics” is Berlin dub that got thrown overboard somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle, to emerge as one of the most interesting Chain Reaction releases. It has all the hallmarks of the seminal German label: industrial percussion & beatscapes with heavy fx processing. But is has a shimmer to it that most of the other Chain Reaction releases lack, a glitter like the waves of an ocean or the scales of a fish. The tracks that don’t necessarily shimmer gurgle and ooze like seaweed in a tide pool, or sort of drift along like the flotsam that accumulates in a marina. This CD takes me somewhere that no other music can. No other CD I own manages to simultaneously sound so completely mechanic, and yet so entirely organic.

              This is the music William Gibson's pilots are listening to in "Neuromancer".
              • scoundrel's avatar
                Another Chain Reaction release, another metal box that eats up CDs. Hopefully, you’ll have saved Porter Ricks’ <I>Biokinetics</I> album in a separate container, because you don’t want it to be destroyed. The first track, “Port Gentil,” is a shimmering piece of minimalism, with all the hallmarks of the Chain Reaction sound. But the majority of the tracks here are more on the ambient tip, with industrial chugs and grunts. “Biokinetics 1” and “Biokinetics 2” are cold, haunting works. “Port of Call” goes back to the rhythmical, but the spookiness of the ambient works is still there, while “Port of Nuba” and its companion, “Nautical Nuba,” are all clicks and thumps. “Nautical Zone” ends the album on a glimmering note. Though <I>Biokinetics</I> isn’t quite as wonderful as some other Chain Reaction releases, it’s still worth saving!
                • federico's avatar
                  While "Biokinetics 1" is a track that you can easily forget, Time will consider "Biokinetics 2" as one of the most astonishing track of minimal (or better yet, subliminal) techno. But it's also a landmark in the whole avantgard electronica and in Thomas Köner entire opus.
                  A must have, a must listenig with devoted attention, by headphones or nothing else.



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