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Emptyset are a London-based electronic duo made up of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. They made their latest album, Blossoms, using Machine Learning Technology. Ginzburg is known as a solo artist and as the person who runs the label Subtext and co-runs Arc Light Editions. Purgas curated the Wysing Arts Centre’s annual music festival and has lectured and written books on electronic music. It’s fair to say they know their stuff.

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Blossoms by Emptyset
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8/10 Will 09 October 2019

No, it's not the dreadful indie fodder band Blossoms, it's the debut album from London-based electronic duo Emptyset. It's a thrilling and dystopic collection of pieces rooted by one singular sound, like a glitchy bass boom or fizzing, bubbling synthesizer motif. Luddites be warned: this is a hyper-digital album. It feels like the sound of a post-human future, where a technological singularity has happened and humans have been slowly phased out like some outdated operating system.

There's rarely an identifiable percussive rhythm on 'Blossoms' and when there is, on 'Axil' for instance, it feels like a chance happening, a mistake. The rhythms have a lolloping quality that would be pretty funky if it wasn't immediately reminiscent of some hulking fossil fuel excavator ploughing further and further into the Earth's crust. When I think of dystopia and how it figures in terms of its sound, I immediately think of repetitive clanking rhythms and cycles. However, what comes across in 'Blossoms' is a sense of space, as if the landscape they have created is even post-dystopian. The metallic synth rumbles in 'Stem' fade away suddenly with a tail of cavernous reverb, as if sounding out across the charred shell of a city.

The machines have stopped and all that's left is Emptyset and their album 'Blossoms', electrical feedback from a bygone age flitting between the charred remains of phone boxes and radio towers. 




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