12" £9.99 C020EP2
12" on Comatonse Recordings.
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Quite a lengthy 12” here from the multitalented Terre Thaemlitz, with a little help from his alter-ego DJ Sprinkles. On the first side Sprinkles is the dominant voice with his 13-minute reworking of Thaemlitz’s minimal piano work, which means minimal New York house beats aplenty, pumping bass, bubbling congas and some neat little hi-hat breaks. It’s subtle, pumping, housey fun and doesn’t outstay its welcome despite the length.
On the other side he switches Sprinkles off and goes into full Thaemlitz mode with some of the piano work from which the remix was sourced. The original recording is nearly 30 hours long and can only be bought on an SD card. I’m curious as to whether he recorded the whole thing in one take because that’s a real endurance test. Anyway, what he’s doing here is playing a chord on the piano, letting it ring out, and then playing another chord.
If you like drastic emotional minimalism and the sound of pianos then it’ll probably push your buttons. The excerpt is 18 minutes long, which is plenty of time to lay back and get swept up in the slow, gentle dramatic pulse of Thaemlitz’s unhurried chordplay. It’ll delight you if you’re into slow-paced composed work like Stars of the Lid or Johann Johannsson’s ‘Virthulegu Forsetar’, but if you’re here for the bumpy house fun then it might leave you cold. Resident office irritant Brian’s getting pretty agitated by it, I can tell. He’s started going “bonnnng” at random intervals which is a little bit offputting so I’ll leave it at that.
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