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I'm quite fond of the Raster-Noton sound. These days that often stands more for sparse, metronomic techno with very minimal melodic phrases and a distinctive clinical sheen which, whilst not exactly forming floor destroying tunes as such, certainly offers up some delectable forms of hypnotic rhythym. This CD does not contain music to play in a club unless you want to drive your audience insane. In ...

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Evenements 09 by Anne-James Chaton
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 24 March 2011

I'm quite fond of the Raster-Noton sound. These days that often stands more for sparse, metronomic techno with very minimal melodic phrases and a distinctive clinical sheen which, whilst not exactly forming floor destroying tunes as such, certainly offers up some delectable forms of hypnotic rhythym. This CD does not contain music to play in a club unless you want to drive your audience insane. Instead, you get smart beats overlaid with his (yes Anne-James is a guy) own snappily edited and multi-layered voice samples which provide the majority of the 'music' here. It stylistically makes me think along the lines of Herbert, Soft Pink Truth/Matmos & sonic sculptors/Global agitators Ultra-Red. Not to mention labelmate Alvin Noto (sic). I like the fact this album is some kind of tribute to what this chap considers 'poor literature', IE all the printed ephemera you accumulate from daily living - receipts, tickets, tabloid newspapers. He waits until something interesting world media-wise happens then uses his big French voice to dictate & record the text which is then mashed, spliced, edited & splurged into numerous fascinating audio collages ("sound poetry" if you will) with only steady rolling kick drum loops for support. Sounds potentially terrible but believe me, this is one of the most compulsive releases i've heard on the label, the way it's all expertly processed & constructed makes me smile!


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