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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 07 November 2013
Here’s a fascinating discovery from Mordant Music, a synthesizer score from 1977 to Laura Mulvey’s experimental film ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’, performed by Soft Machine’s Mike Ratledge on synthesizers developed in collaboration with Dennis Irving. On the record you’ll hear some lovely library synth sounds arranged in patient, repetitive patterns, often with field recordings or spoken word excerpts from the film’s script overlaid.
It’s a darkly meditative listen, with soothingly looped melodies paired beautifully against Mary Maddox’s cold voice morosely delivering the lines. The synths aren’t too densely layered or busy but are always actively melodic and driving the music forward with a gorgeous wibbly analogue grace. Brian just grabbed one for himself, exclaiming, “Does absolutely everything for me, does this.”
8/10 James Customer review, 10th December 2013
This sounds like early-mid period Piano Magic where the girl read poems and Glen Johnson programs. Lots of plinking synth bloops. You could fall asleep to this or be freaked out. Maybe both!
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