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- Collected Works Vol. 2 - New Process Music by M. Geddes Gengras
9/10 Ant Staff review, 21 November 2014
For some reason I had a preconceived idea that ‘Collected Works Vol.2’ would be another collection of Moog tracks from M. Geddes Gengras. That was before I knew the title, which gave the game away. ‘New Process Music’ was created on Modular Synthesizer. Yes... Yes... I know every man and his dog is twiddling away on these things at the moment but as much as I like to be transported into deep space or hear the synthesized croaks of a synthetic cyborg toad, it’s nice to hear someone that can actually play the fucking thing. M. Geddes Gengras is your man in this department here using the synthesizer for a more inward than outward journey. Despite the music’s cosmic tendencies, generally speaking the LP has a lovely warm organic earthy feel. Sure it’s machine music but it’s also very human, personal music that could never have been created by a machine alone, at least not in this lifetime. At the risk of sounding like a name dropping twat I wanted to mention a conversation I had with Stephen Bishop (Basic House/ Opal Tapes) about this guy’s music. I was trying to articulate how the opening track from the previous installment in this collection absolutely melts me, where he interjected that it was “proper rainbow shit”. And that is exactly what this is.” PROPER RAINBOW SHIT”.
I imagine the flute type sound is being played by that Abdul Quadim Hakqq illustrated pipe playing crossed legged martian that adorns one of Mad Mike Bank’s of Underground Resistance’s ‘Red Planet' Records. Other times I’m reminded of early Oneohtrix Point Never in terms of atmosphere and also ‘The Last Time We Were Here’ has that majestic almost Tudor-esque, Harpsichord like sound from Autechre’s ‘Oversteps’. Throughout lots of complex patches interweave with warm barely there soulful melodies. The standout moments of this record really hit hard and as Bob Marley once said “when the music hits, you feel no pain”.
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