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Glaswegian underground electronic label Broken20’s Tangents Series has been set up to release collaborative live performances. In Techno on the whole, the more open-ended, improvisatory approaches to sound creation are usually confined to the producers’ private studios; the fruits of their experiments carefully edited and processed for the final product. So it’s quite exiting to see how this series will develop, hopefully providing a fresh slant on current electronic music production.
This first edition in the series consists of a 47 minute improvised set by Ruaridh Law of Broken20 stalwarts TVO and Paul Purgas of Raster-Noton affiliates Emptyset. Both acts specialise in the kind of grainy, off-kilter industrial electronica that feels like it’s been beamed to your ears from the cold edges of the solar system, accruing an opaque crust of degradation on the way. So it’s not surprising that the first half of the set here sounds more like two neighbouring electrical substations on some barren Martian outpost than any collaboration between two humans.
While the subtleties of layered grey-scale rumbles and transistorized buzzing hold a certain fascination, it’s at roughly the halfway point that duo seem to hit a more sublime level when an airy, modulating drone seems to introduce some light into the mix. This sets of a chain-reaction of spiraling percussive clankings and whirring frequencies, sounding like the evolution of some kind of primitive ecosystem. The duo then move through some muffled, spaced-out rhythms before upping the intensity for an inspired finale that sees some surprising melodic elements finding their way in amidst all the distortion.
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