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- Sound Houses by Walls / Oram
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 02 May 2014
Daphne Oram; commonly overlooked electronics pioneer and member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Walls; a retro futurist anglo/italian duo that, like many of us, fetishise the analogue era of electronics whilst maintaining a composed modern style. Here they’ve been given free reign to plunder Oram’s extensive back catalogue of works to reshape as they see fit. I assuming it’s part of the ongoing promotion of the Radiophonic Workshop, a collective of artists, electronics wizards and scientists that are still doing the rounds today in some form or other.
Walls do what you’d expect and that’s tastefully augment Oram’s strange experiments with sympathetic machines and sounds to create a complementary and fresh take of her work as well creating unique compositions in their own right. It’s a little early for this level of abstraction to penetrate my brain (I’d rather start the day with Michael Jackson) but it sounds like an interesting and unique selection that is sure to interest all the Workshop enthusiasts and Kompakt heads out there with it’s woozy, blurzzed out modular ambience and ever complex audio processing.
Lots of pedals, lots of strange sounds and oddly shaped synthetic tones with studious library titles such as ‘A Very Large Metal Box’ and ‘Extremely Long Corridor’. You get the idea.
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