Little known (and, until now, little released) Greek electronic composer Dimitris Petsetakis finally has his work shared with the world, thanks to this compilation of compositions on Into The Light. A peer of Iannis Xenakis, his music uses traditional instruments alongside swooping electronics and musique concréte techniques. First release for most of this material.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 18 September 2015
This man is a relatively underrepresented electronic musician hailing from Greece, who has had a single release prior to this, way back in 1991. That’s a long wait to be heard. Now we have a pressing of his early works, the majority being ambient pieces created between ‘85 and ‘92 - sound familiar?
Well, that’s about where the similarities end. While Mr. D James took influence from the world of club music to create his masterwork, Dimitris Petsetakis marvelled at Gyorgy Ligeti’s music that featured in the screen version of 2001, you know, the spooky monolith music, as well as the works of Eno, Xenakis and even Pink Floyd. From these seeds, something new is made, a more primordial, abstract and mostly pulseless take on the ambient style. I mean, this guy loves synths as much as AFX, but he uses them in a dronier context, mostly to prop up strange, atonal sound objects or sounds ‘borrowed’ from other cultures such as the Berimbau and the Daouli. Things get rhythmical, especially on the Pyrrhic Dance, an ancient Greek banger, here imagined using synth strings, a European bagpipe variant, vocals and numerous percussions tapping out odd time signatures.
Anyone interested in niche electronic/ambient music who enjoys a hint of musique concrete and instruments impulsively taken from around the globe should have a listen. There are some deep deep synth atmospherics within.
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