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- The Morphosis Korg Response by TM404 + Morphosis
9/10 Brian Staff review, 01 February 2013
Well this is a bloody wonderful racket. It’s kind of like seriously twisted out of shape atonal warehouse acid. TM404 is a new project from Andreas Tilliander that utilises classic Roland hardware to construct a new kind of drone techno. Then Morphosis comes along and remixes up a couple of long, disturbing pieces using his Korgs. I dunno how much these vary from the original pieces as I’ve not heard the TM404 stuff yet but if you like what Hieroglyphic Being does using tune-munching abstraction, meandering dissonance, stunted hiccuping loops of fractured melody plus tons of atmosphere and ruff-assed thudding beats then this twelve thinks along similar lines in mind-vaulting the box completely. At times it sounds like a furious electronic wasp is having a ding-dong with a pissed-up angle grinder and a monotonous feedbacking guitar. It’s ace and very almost the best piece of electronic music I’ve heard this week.
The other side is the best you see. No track names from me as I’m fucked if I’m typing out two long lists of number combinations based around the kit involved. That’s just demented. What I will do is describe this epic monster as a sublime, if imposing, journey into an evil acid trance landscape. If you were to play this to a person who liked trance they’d cry. It sounds like someone has bolted together the spirit of a murderous didgeridoo and the vibe of a mad dark modern kosmische record, like say, by Brother Raven. Then you’ve all these wonderful suspended technoid clangers noises firing off all over the shop. Oh, and about three-quarters of the way in a distorted, heavily submerged beat kicks out slightly from under this heavy, shaggy carpet of distortion and also the wild acid lines die down but concurrently get really trippy. Honestly, If you dig experimental techno and the darker, improvised side of things (check much of what Ekoplekz turns out, i-f’s Lost Tracks for Lost Minds series and certainly early Conrad Schnitzler) then this is the tune to burn up any dingy basement dancefloor. Totally “sick” yo.
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