NYZ is veritable polymath David Burraston who is an artist, musician, synthesist AND someone who's interviewed Aphex Twin. RLD GLD ET AL is a selection of previously unheard generative music made using systems built by Burraston. Experimental music as John Cage intended.
Staff note from Ant:
With barely an original idea remaining in the known universe, NYZ manages to sound like no other artist out there. No mean feat. This tape on Graham Dunning's label is hard evidence. All hail the Lord of Cellular Automata.
Tape £5.99 FMC37
Tape on Fractal Meat Cuts. Pro-duplicated white tapes with printed inlay card and sticker labels. Limited edition of 100 copies.
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Here’s another peach from our man down under. Sixty minutes of bold, vibrant and hyper-dynamic electronic music from the Noyzelab of generative music/ chaos/cellular automata guru David Burraston. Eleven tracks reside within the spools, all presented in glorious technicolor with a collage by Fractal Meat Cuts label bossman Graham Dunning - the image mirroring the slightly imperfect, skewed geometries and unexpected trajectories on which the sounds ride.
We’re never really sure exactly where we are with Burraston’s music, and this is indeed part of its magic. He really animates his machines and makes them sing in a deliciously peculiar language. To call it abstract would be doing it a disservice as his work and experiments are meticulously researched. Oblique track titles offer no obvious narrative and so we’re left to our own imaginations to fill in the blanks. Each listener could have quite a different experience imbibing these tracks - choose your own adventure!
‘FM40P::SWRLSYN’ boots things off and has a really warped quality - as though its literally melting as it pours and bleeps out of the speakers like intoxicated quarks dancing inside a hadron collider. ‘RLD GLD::compandedTAB’ is something like a little clockwork like lifeform getting its ratchets tinkered with by a large cat made of pixels. Elsewhere the LOL titled ‘KW1vprz::My Life in the Bush of Chaotic Nonlinear Dynamics’ is something akin to a droid transmitting data reports from a newly discovered planet with solar winds hovering in the near distance.
The twelve mesmerizing minutes of ‘PTS PZZDRN’ are a real noggin lozenge. The repetitive rhythms seemingly overlap and create additional ultra-hypnotic micro-rhythms in a similar way to early minimalists like Steve Reich. Is it speeding up/slowing down? Is it some sort of sonic illusion? There were some therapeutic benefits for me hearing this for the first time - it literally defragmented the hard drive inside my skull, rearranging the corrupt data, leaving me in a rejuvenated state of total bliss.
‘XTWtabDRN’ is just gorgeous - outstanding ghost in the machine ambient as played by the weeping digitized ghost of a drowned melodica. I could just float around all day long with this looping in the background.
This man is on a real roll at the moment - prolific and retaining consistently high quality with each release. You should totally cop one of these tapes, cuz there’s only 100 copies and it’s already sold out at source. I’ve been fortunate enough to have heard this loads, and with each listen, I hear things I’d previously not noticed. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
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