Straight from the late 70s, when anything on a synthesizer was futuristic, comes a shining reissue from avant garde mad professor Michel Redolfi. Featuring both Pacific Tubular Waves from 1979, with it’s maddening interlacing high pitch arpeggiators, and Immersion from 1980, with its tense aural landscapes that divulge tension and uneasiness. Relive the golden years!
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- Pacific Tubular Waves / Immersion by Michel Redolfi
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 April 2015
Editions Mego are continuing to unearth forgotten synth explorers from the early days, traversing the old ways of the bleep and bloop. In a sense it’s the bleep & bloop encyclopedia, but one of those sets that you have to shell out 15 quid per volume or you’re left noncommittal. No one wants that, and everyone wants synth, so why the hell not.
The composer this time round really has had a life aquatic - Michel Redolfi has experimented with underwater music, its capture and synthesis since the late 70s/early 80s, these being two of his earlier translations of the beloved Pacific into sound. Using contemporary digital synths of the time such as the Synclavier, Redolfi evokes the ocean spray of breakers in ‘Pacific Tubular Waves’ through spitting high pitch arp fragments which never pretend to be their natural counterparts, just displaced interpretations.
He describes the 4th movement as “a high-speed crossing within the tubular cyclone”, which leads me to believe that this guy is definitely a surfer, not just a surfer of synth. ‘Immersion’ brings the hydrophone to his palette, forging a strange boundary between reality and fantasy. The recordings have been treated and sporadically drop in and out to make way for his keyboards, which sound a lot like Laurie Spiegel’s The Expanding Universe. Splashy synth surfer sound.
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