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- Le Jardin Des Chemins Bifurquants by Hieroglyphic Being
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 30 November 2011
'Le Jardin des Chemins Bifurquants' is the debut outing on Audiomer for Chicago based DJ and producer Hieroglyphic Being a.k.a DJ Jamal Moss. Now, I wouldn't have guessed from listening to this mind-boggling release that Jamal is a student of House music educated by the likes of Adonis and Steve Pointdexter as 'Le Jardin des Chemins Bifurquants' is a bizarre futurised mish-mash of psychedelic electronics, New Age and Free-Jazz influences with only the barest hint of the conventions of House. Not unlike Sun Ra, Jamal's work is complex and otherworldly with an emphasis on experimentation. This makes for not the easiest of listens but is ultimately rewarding if you give it the time, especially as the layers begin to thicken. 'Rhythmes Circadiens' is a skitterish little composition that sees various taps and warbles fight it out against bass heavy drones and obscure synth tones. Flip it and 'The Garden Of Forking Paths' begins in a buzzsaw, drone heavy style before introducing more familiar themes like bristling arpeggio's and strong synth melodies. It's hard to classify this album as anything other than Sound Art before this turning point when it verges into something nearing traditional sci-fi soundtrack music. Two other interesting points - Jamal uses mental keyboards on this including the Korg DW8000 and also a classic sounding Casio RZ-1 drum machine for that true Chicago authenticity plus the artwork is by Hair Police dude Robert Beatty who progs up the sleeve a treat.
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