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Automata 48 by Dave Noyze
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9/10 Brett Staff review, 03 October 2008
So the new Dave Noyze is in, Cataclyst continuing their fine run after his first release on the label and the rip-roaring sold out success of the Peter Green CD the other week.. It's called Automata 48. Here comes the science bit: the album is inspired by some guy in a white coat years ago who came up with a theory comparing the potential automata of machines to the way reproduction exists in nature, as well as anticipating computers with ideas about the workings of the brain and how they might be applied to mechanical creations. Interesting stuff of which there's more in the press release! The tracks here are compiled from material made over many years and in a variety of different ways, both analogue and digital, but you'd never guess that they weren't made specifically for this release since it works as a perfectly formed statement. Generally speaking I'm thinking that this is what the Radiophonic Workshop might have come up with if someone sent them a reverse time capsule with a few synths and retro computers, it just smacks of that sort of creativity.. Although the music is generally all 'synthetic' (static, bleeps, electronic drones and the like) there's a wonderfully organic quality that seems to perfectly mirror the duality and contradiction of the ideas that inspired it. One track in particular I'm completely in love with but I won't spoil it for you since I found it such a treat when it unexpectedly blared out of the stereo at us. Hearing some samples of pinball machines recorded by Garry Bradbury (Severed Heads) being sequenced by automata is a real treat. Sadly it's totally mental in here today so I don't have the time to go into more detail but needless to say, this comes very highly recommended in its cool ultra-minimal stickered and hand numbered digipak.

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