Boomkat Product Review:
'Array' is a set of detailed and dense collages of radar and scientific instrumentation recordings made at a polar research station in Antarctica and spiced up with live synth improvisation. Basically sounds like an alternative soundtrack to John Carpenter's "The Thing" - so good!
The album is a companion piece to Philip Samartzis and Eugene Ughetti's performance-installation work "Polar Force" and builds on the duo's ideas that intend to reflect the stress of extreme weather events like freezing temperatures and high velocity winds. The field recordings are the first thing to notice, and set the scene perfectly with polar gusts hitting creaky metal and anonymous radio transmissions illustrating a story we can't quite comprehend.
'Katabatic Wind Pt. 1' begins with a wobbly resonant drone, but is slowly engulfed in creaks, whooshes and cracks as the weather takes hold completely. In the second part, these sounds are magnified to create a cinematic widescreen, emphasizing the desolation and unfriendliness of the location with detailed field recordings and ramping up anxiety with buried rhythmic blasts.
On the final composition 'Medium Frequency Spaced Array Radars' the environmental recordings are all but gone, and careful synthwork is put in focus to represent the icy, alien landscape. Water droplets can just about be made out in the background, suggesting a presence it's impossible to escape from. Suffocating and powerful sounds!