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robert hampson - Signaux
New album on Editions Mego from reluctant isolationist Robert Hampson, whose post-Loop work seems to be undergoing something of a revival at the moment - his searching debut album as Main was recently included in FACT mag's Top 10 Albums of the 1990s. For the past few years, Hampson has been immersed in the world of acousmatic sound, working closely with the GRM in Paris and favouring multi-channel live diffusion as his primary creative outlet. The two long pieces that comprise Signaux are compelling exercises in pure electronic music, remarkably three-dimensional and spatial but with a linear narrative that carries you right through - like all Hampson's work, every sound, every progression, feels studied and deliberate. While 'Signaux 1' favours a jabbing, pointillistic attack, 'Signaux 2' is a more strung-out drone-scape, but one that crackles with electricity and potential energy - it's the sound of the generator at the heart of the Death Star. It might be a world away from the drug-hazed space-rock of Loop or the futuristic dub pressure of Main, but this is vital work from Hampson, and classic eMego tackle to boot.