Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released on Sahko in 1998, the music on 'Frequency Variation' was actually created more than 35 years ago. In recent times, Wire co-founder Bruce Gilbert has rightly come to be regarded as an electronic music visionary, thanks to Mego’s loving reissues of his 80s solo and DOME work. Frequency Variation takes us back to the beginning of the story: its 32 minutes were recorded at Watford School of Art, and directly inspired by an electronic music workshop that had been given by none other than Brian Eno. Gilbert and West achieve an incredible intensity and sense of atmosphere with a modest set of tools, sculpting a dark, droning piece that – incredibly – makes total sense in the context of Sahko’s 90s catalogue, and moreover wouldn’t sound out of place on, say, the PAN label today. Fans of electronic abstractionists from Keith Fullerton Whitman and Mika Vainio to Jim O’Rourke, Eno and beyond, are well advised to check this out if they haven’t already.