Boomkat Product Review:
This Yorkshire-based electroacoustic artist was last seen on 12k's recent Blueprints compilation, and already has an impressive background in the field of microsound composition. Cave studied his trade at the incredibly prestigious Parisian institute, IRCAM, which prompted him to explore the creative potential of homemade Max/MSP-based software. Using field recordings, guitar, clarinet and other subtle acousmatic phenomena as his starting point, Cave subtly processes and manipulates this sound matter into startlingly beautiful forms. The opening piece on this collection is especially stunning. The first thirty seconds are solely comprised of environmental recordings and incidental sounds, only for some muted, bell-like electronic tones to emerge from the mix. As the track comes to a close, some gorgeous spectrally filtered crackling takes centre-stage and then dies away all too quickly. The remainder of the music here is defined by the same effortless grace. The final three pieces are all live tracks, proving Cave is as comfortable in concert as he is in the studio. The final, confusingly titled composition 'Live At At Bob Two' is probably the most understated thing on the album: it's a vast, glacial drone work with some exquisite Satie-esque piano taking over for the ebbing moments. Beautiful stuff. This disc should keep you occupied until Cave's full-length album for 12k drops at the start of next year.