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Boomkat Product Review:
Pure rhythm science from two of the best in the game, dicing with meter and infrasound in a devilish style set to spark floors and minds.
In the works for four years, ‘Automatic Vol. 1’ yields the first in a series of ongoing studies by Friedmann & Filipe after feeling out each other’s style on 2020’s ‘Eurydike’ EP. Their new project is presented as a concerted attempt to dis-associate their music from cultural idioms and notions of musicianship, in pursuit of a more automatic method of performance and production. With each cut titled by its BPM, the results are anything but gridlocked DJ tools, with each piece exploring syncopations of halved and doubled meter of their titular BPM to effectively investigate what they term “the unimpeachable laws of motion.”
Redolent at times of Mark Fell’s experiments with pulse-controlled acoustic performers, at others of Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, and also Mohammad Reza Mortazevi’s intricate Persian rhythm geometries, the magick lies in the way in which Friedmann & Filipe nimbly strike and dance in the gaps between those aesthetic reference points. And when factored by their fascinations with infrasound - specifically the “rare infrasound ratios ranging from 11 to 23” - the session takes on a life of its own, curiously recalling the mathematically sound, buoyant structures of Aleksi Perälä’s colundi scale-strafers in their precise execution of concept into properly compelling dimensions.