Room40 have been on an excellent run of late, with releases from artists like Siavash Amini, Kevin Martin (The Bug) and Merzbow all emerging on the label in recent months. This hot-streak continues with Conjectures, the latest LP from Australian ambient/drone composer Todd Anderson-Kunert. Composed entirely on a Moog System 55, this set of tender synthesiser ambiences and gently hissing electroacoustics is a woozy delight. Anderson-Kunert claims influence from Eliane Radigue, Sarah Davachi and Stephen O’Malley, and after listening to Conjectures you’d be hard-pushed to prove him wrong.
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Conjectures is the result of Todd Anderson-Kunert's artist residency at Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio where he got his paws on their rare Moog System 55 Synthesizer. Probing just that single machine and unlocking its potential in a similar fashion to artists like David Burraston and Eleh. The result is two deeply immersive minimal drone works which are an absolute pleasure to get lost inside - the type of music which makes me lose my perception of time.
The most excellent vibrations of the first piece ‘I See What You Mean’ have synesthesia like effects where they feel like they’re rippling the very fabric of the room - as though we can see and indeed feel the soundwaves themselves. Many of the sounds have a tangible quality from the deeper low end to the insectoid microsounds and seem to emit a calming effect which reduces the heart rate - like sonic beta-blockers, while the negative space slows down breathing - it’s a serene vibe for sure.
Over on the flipside, ‘It Feels Right’ has a slightly darker, mysterious tone - a virtual sandbox environment we can wander around inside - a space for contemplation and a nearly blank canvas for the imagination to run wild. Limited copies on clear vinyl.
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