Boomkat Product Review:
For an artist who cut his teeth in a band named after a piece of computer music software (Super_Collider), it seems only natural that Cristian Vogel should end up making academic experimental music. Those who follow Vogel's movements will already know he is deeply involved with the legendary Kyma digital synthesis/sequencing system, and 'Black Swan' feels like the perfect extension of those interests. Academic but never staid or dull, this is music that both revels in the production technique and the sounds it can belch out. The digital blips and hiccups form a surprisingly harmonic and listenable collection of rhythms and drones, and it's easy to hear how this formed a soundtrack for a contemporary dance piece. From the deftly electronic opener 'Sora Tobu Black Swan', we hit 'Rocks In Motion' which drops the rhythmic elements in favour of something much more related to the pioneering GRM studios. Remeniscent of Xennakis's seminal early work, samples (no doubt of rocks, probably in motion) are granulated almost beyond recognition and thrown into a dense cloud of sound. The set ends on 'Basecamp Beasts' which coughs out acidic synthesized gurgles that even Austrian noisenik Florian Hecker would be envious of. 'Black Swan is an expertly put-together body of work from a composer who is truly a master of his craft - anyone tickled by the recent Keith Fullerton Whitman 'Disengenuity/Disengenuousness' LP on PAN needs to check this without further delay.