NYZ aka Noyzelab mastermind and Aphex Twin pal David Burraston with another dose of head-scratching, logic-defying synthesis. Past releases from the mad scientist have seen him delve deep into forgotten gear and arcane processes, emerging with sonic oddities that inspire baffled cries of “how?” and sometimes “why?”. This Tapeworm cassette promises more puzzling thrills, limited to 100 copies that won’t hang around for long.
This one has sold out on all formats. Sorry!
9/10 Ant Staff review, 30 January 2018
Dave Burraston continues to blur the lines between art and science on his latest tape ‘XNOTNL’. Another staggeringly original addition to his currently accelerating catalogue that really sounds like no other artist in the known universe. What gives him this unique, distinctive sound are the custom processes he uses, developed over decades of research and experimentation within his Noyzelab. This is some of his more eerie work that’s evocative of his machines booting themselves up, late at night while he’s tucked up in bed and essentially playing themselves, communicating in a futuristic machine language. It’s as though he’s programmed life into their circuits and they’ve become like sentient beings that can communicate and have emotions. I can imagine him being awoken by them and walking into the studio in his pyjamas…
Dave: “Oi, be quiet you lot, I’m trying to get some kip!”
HAL 9000 type voice: “I am afraid I can't do that Dave.”
Dave: “I said shut it, you flamin’ mongrels! ”
HAL 9000 type voice: “I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.”
There’s a whole lot to take in across the almost 90 minute running time of this tape; the extended drone works exude remarkable nuance and sensitivity to tone. At various moments they have a synesthesia-like effect, in that they appear to transmit a radiant flux that transforms the listening space. Basically, while I was listening, the room changed colour!
For those interested in deep listening there are some very rewarding moments, and for the more casual listener able to penetrate what can sometimes seem like an intimidating exterior, once inside, you feel like you’ve tapped into something really quite magical. Also, there are some typically quirky, batshit crazy moments on here which could well be what androids hear when they dream of electric sheep.
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