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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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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