The Vienna-based Monoton were one of the most influential minimal electronic acts of their time, making clinical and abstract sounds that tried to capture the most important moments in repetition. Formed by Konrad Becker, the project revolved around his own technical innovations; on 'Monotonprodukt 02', the use of drum machines, electronics, sustained violin and even a small amount of sax is all down to him. Originally recorded in 1980, Desire is now reissuing the record along with its followup, 'Monotonprodukt 07'.
- Ein Wort
- Leben Im Dschungel
- Teil 2
- Teil 3.
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 24 October 2014
Here's a treat for all you minimal techno/synth fans - 33 years after it first dropped, Monoton's debut album 'Monotonprodukt 02' is finally back on vinyl thanks to the nice people at Desire Records. They've also put out a special picture disc press of their iconic 'Monotonprodukt 07' double LP. This one's where it all started of course, but their sound already seems fully-formed and way ahead of its time, a languorous throb of slow-flowing drum machines and synths augmented by more physical textures like violin and even saxophone.
The result is a dreamlike, hallucinatory stroll through muffled beats, indistinctly bubbling electronics and disorienting sustained tones and textures. On side A is the shortish 'Dubwise', which eases us in with some uncertain synth drone melodies and a steady bassline, before the 15-minute 'Ein Wort' takes up the rest of the side with some barely perceptible shuffling beats, flickering phased synths and kaleidoscopic dub echo. On the other side are four relatively compact pieces which introduce the physical textures mentioned earlier, with free-expressive drums and shuddering vibrato guitar in 'Wirklichkeit' and a shivering hyperpresent violin screech in 'Teil 2'. Groundbreaking stuff. I'd grab this little bit of history quick if I were you - original copies fetch triple figures nowadays and as with the original private pressing there have only been 500 copies of this repress made.
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