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- Electronic Vol. 2 by Tod Dockstader
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This is the long awaited next installment to the original ‘Electronic Vol1’ as written about expertly by Ant here. For the uninitiated what we have are 23 short pieces of aural delight taken from a time when synths were as big as a house. This is a perfect accompaniment to any of your BBC Radiophonic type releases, extraordinarily well performed synth mood pieces that are all given a classification (eg ‘tranquil’, ‘frenzied’ or ‘pulsating’).
At times coming across like a rudimentary prototype Kraftwerk or Human League, the pieces are uniformly excellent and this is a vital purchase for anyone with an interest in the birth of electronic music. The sounds generally have an eerie sound to them with long held notes and counter melodies galore, there is a bell-like feel to some of the sounds - a very smooth crystalline sound. I’ve just heard the Boards of Canada ‘wobble’ within the sonics of one of the tracks and therein lies the joy of the thing. A treasure trove of ‘old school’ synth explorations for the delectation of your ears. Much recommended.
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