Robert Turman (yes, the very same guy who gets a shout-out on one of Aaron Dilloway’s best tracks!) is a master of the abstracted sample, micro-editing and processing other people’s sounds into something wholly his own. On Macro, he gives us ten pieces of exactly 3 minutes each. A limited LP edition of 218, released by La délirante.
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- Macro by Robert Turman
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 29 October 2015
Ah, the joys of reviewing one of Ant’s favourite music people. The knowledge that as soon as it’s submitted, his eyes will be tearing your words to shreds amidst a cloud of overdriven beats. Maybe if we pretend to like it then that can be avoided. Luckily that’s not needed, cuz this is actually good - originally released in 2012 as a cassette, Robert Turman’s Macro gets a wax release in a nice screen-printed sleeve, a treat for eyes and ears.
The music of Macro is made from mostly other people’s music. You may know this as sampling, a technique completely misused by many and mastered by few, Turman being one of said few. The intention of Macro was to create little noise excursions the length of a typical pop song - every track is supposedly 3 minutes long. From ‘found’ music comes succinct chunks of crusty looped textures with a common thread of unease, serving up nice familiar things like ambient chords for a bit, before commanding pure, dissonant sound. Metallic clinks that could have been hi-hats or knives and forks once whirr alongside stretched out horror strings and machine-like static inside imaginary dungeons. These are the real dungeon drones, like being on a one-way train to the underbelly of Mordor.
These are some amazingly well-crafted, stable noise collages that don’t outstay their welcome, giving you a glimpse into a scene before it vanishes to be replaced with one that’s just as abstract.
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