Boomkat Product Review:
Mexico City-based Chilean producer Access Device unpicks the mysteries of the human psyche on 'Eón Codex', writing classical fugues with a blend of familiar, nostalgic analog synth sounds and acoustic instruments. RIYL Wendy Carlos, Klaus Schulze or Isao Tomita.
There's a level of serenity that comes from the form Access Device appropriates on his second album. It's undeniably affectionate, sounding like a slower, less dramatic version of Wendy Carlos's baroque electronics, described in the LP's press release as "delicate and powerful micro synthesized fugues." The compositions themselves aren't directly lifted, as far as we know, from any particular piece, but their construction is familiar: the lilting, descending basslines and organ-like leads sound as if they're trapped in amber.
Access Device uses the tracks to study the human condition, unraveling the stages of self-discovery, beginning with the lofty 'Zenith' and ending on the comparatively sombre 'Entirely Speculative, As Spheres'. Each piece uses a mix of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, with synths sitting high in the mix, while organ sounds and occasional string flourishes create a textured backdrop. It's tranquilizing gear, that feels as if it would sit neatly on a Stanley Kubrick epic.