Boomkat Product Review:
Yves De Mey untangles presets with remarkable harmonic variation via the Modor NF-1, a new polyphonic digital DSP synth developed in Antwerp by Marcel Belmans. If you’re into Autechre - this is a must.
An experimental study in getting the most from a single instrument, ‘Exit Strategies Part 1’ finds De Mey wrestling with the machine in eight parts. Using only a single preset in each cut, he pushes their forms to reveal slight harmonic mutations and in the process focus on the tangible quality of the resulting sound.
From the slippery rhythms and harpsichord like twang of ‘Track 01’ to the boiling noise of ‘Track 02’, thru to proper, curdled Ae dimensions in ‘Track 03’ and ‘Track 04’, the variation is remarkable and just keeps on evolving with the empty-belly beastly growl of ‘Track 05’ and ‘Track 06’, before opening out into calligraphic murmurations on ‘Track 07’, and needling hi-register tones in ‘Track 08’.
The results also somehow recall Theo Burt’s ‘Gloss’, itself an experiment on a single synth which yielded captivating results, and proved in the process - in key with Mark Fell’s mantra - that you really don’t need a studio stacked with vintage analog gear to make unique sounds. If you like the idea of an artist wriggling themselves out of self-imposed straitjackets, this album will almost certainly push your buttons.