Jeff MillsWaveform Transmission Vol. 3

Label:Tresor – Tresor 25, On The Edge – 74321 21237 2, BMG Ariola Media GmbH – 74321 21237 2
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1The Extremist4:13
2Solid Sleep3:49
3Life Cycle3:52
5Wrath Of The Punisher3:46
7Condor To Mallorca5:37
8Basic Human Design5:53

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All transmissions composed, produced, mixed and edited by Jeff Mills of Axis Records, USA for Millsart/Ufa/BMG.

© 1994 BMG Ariola Media GmbH..
℗ 1994 BMG Ariola Muenchen GmbH.
Distributed by BMG. A Bertelsmann Music Group Company.
Printed in Germany. Made in Germany.

Re-released in 1998 as Tresor 76 CD.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 43212 12372 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, 2): SONOPRESS I-3536/4321212372
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0725
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0731
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 6030
  • Price Code (F): BM650
  • SPARS Code: ADD

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Waveform Transmission Vol. 3 (2×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Album, Reissue)Tresor, BMG Ariola Media GmbHTresor 25, 74321 22717 1Germany1994
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Waveform Transmission Vol. 3 (LP, Album)Tresor, BMG Ariola Media GmbHTresor 25, 74321 21237 1Germany1994
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Waveform Transmission Vol. 3 (2×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Album, Reissue, Remastered)TresorTresor 76Germany1997
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  • EDJ303's avatar
    Though released only two years apart, in 1992 and 1994, Jeff Mills' two Waveform Transmission albums for Tresor differ slightly from one another. The first volume had been relentlessly hard, powered by punishing beats and breakneck tempos. In many ways it resembled the type of hard techno Mills had produced as part of Underground Resistance in the early '90s. This second volume features eight tracks that are similarly powered by punishing beats and breakneck tempos, but these tracks aren't quite as relenting. The beats tend to be polarized, offsetting a pounding 909 kick foundation with rattling snares and looping bleeps, and the tempos tend to fluctuate, dropping out every now and then for quick buildups and releases. The album opens with "The Extremist," which indeed lives up to its billing, but from there Mills offers a diverse array of tracks. Next up is "Solid Sleep," a stomping, mid-tempo — relatively mid-tempo, that is — track that feels like a release after "The Extremist." "Life Cycle" and "Workers" alternate between calm sections and explosive ones, and the same goes for "Wrath of the Punisher," which is built around a charging, multi-layered rhythm and a foreboding riff of incredibly unsettling synth stabs. By the time you reach the penultimate track, the serene "Condor to Mallorca," its tranquil opening two minutes feel incredibly relieving, as does the remainder of the track as it develops into an old-school-sounding acid track. "Basic Human Design" then caps off the album, suitably perhaps, with dizzying, whirlwind ferocity. These eight tracks signaled Mills' transition from the straightforward hard techno he had produced in the early '90s to the more diversified style he would pursue throughout the remainder of the decade. In many ways these tracks prefigure Mills' Axis releases, which employed the same sound palette. As such, Waveform Transmission, Vol. 3 stands out in Mills' canon. It's not necessarily a masterpiece, but it was his most accomplished release to date, even if his later accomplishments perhaps make it seem a bit one-dimensional.
    • junkie's avatar
      this is the last cd of jeff mills which is good (hard)techno. the other cdz after this he has produced are more like funky techno/experience/tribal and little electro. in the mid 90s his was as a dj really hard and he was praised of his mixwork. nowadays he is softer and experience more with musik. I have seen hem a few months ago and only at the end of his set he played hard techno like the famous changes of life and DNA. he makes now music for the film industry, too. I think he was at his best with dj'ing/producing in the early 90s.
      • unai's avatar
        The reason why this concept album became one of the most demanded Techno albums in the world which influenced the whole generation of techno producers up to know. Up until today here has been no production in this music style that has no been influenced by this album as it's been guiding ever since it's been released.


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