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Boomkat Product Review:
Back in stock. Having dismantled and re-imagined the music of Aphex Twin on their incredible 'Acoustica' album from a couple of years back, Alarm Will Sound now tackle Autechre! Performing works by modern composers like Gyorgy Ligeti, Harrison Birtwistle, Benedict Mason and Conlon Nancarrow, Alarm Will Sound are no less enthused with reinterpreting contemporary electronic music, tackling Autechre's 'Cfern' (from their still oft underrated Confield album) and Mochipet's 'Dessert Search For Techno Baklava' (from Randbient Works 2002). The pervading theme throughout the album is the titular pursuit of arrhythmia, dismantling regular or conventionally organised rhythms in favour of stupefyingly elaborate, machine-like fare. Some of the most curious compositions here are Nancarrow's works for player piano, whose notoriously outlandish rhythms have seen them billed as unplayable by human musicians. Despite this, Alarm Will Sound prove very much up to the task, although concede that the composer's 'Study No. 3A For Player Piano' from 1948 is probably the most rhythmically challenging piece they've ever performed. Similarly, Booth & Brown's 'Cfern' has been transcribed and reinterpreted from the original's chaotic flux of generative patterns, rendered here with an admirable accuracy that underlines what a strange and brilliant work it is, even when devoid of its computerised sonic trickery. A bold and brilliantly executed set from this most ambitious and experimental of ensembles, A/rhythmia comes highly recommended.