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- Split by Oneohtrix Point Never / Rene Hell
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Two heavyweight underground electronic music hitters here on this excellent split LP. Daniel Lopatin is first up, his side contributes “sonic reworkings” from an audio video installation by artist Nate Boyce. Now taking fragments of audio from a documentary on sculptors, sampling them etc. is not such a big deal, but in the hands of Lopatin, what he creates from the process is truly breathtaking. The fragmented vocals take on a ghostly resonance with each snippet and glitch creating an almost infinite hallucinatory sound world as the result of playing with speech, language, tone, pitch, timbre etc. The sonic environment feels alien yet bizarrely familiar, like a place you may have visited in a dream. Who needs drugs when we have computers? Super trippy!
Jeff Witscher goes by many tags, one of which is Rene Hell and one which I’ve increasingly been growing fond of. Here he presents the rather amusingly titled ‘In 1980 I Was A Blue Square’. Here he lays down some heart wrenching contemporary classical pieces, mainly through piano, which are juxtaposed with all manner of alien mutoid electronics / computer/ synth. The juxtaposition of the traditional with the futuristic works remarkably well too.
Both sides are winners which makes for a mighty classy LP from the good folks at NNA Tapes.
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