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Modern electronic music pioneer Peter Rehberg rubs a hybrid analogue/digital array the right/wrong way for the visceral thrills of ‘Get On’, his 4th solo album as Pita.
Landing squarely 20 years since ‘Get Out’, Pita’s influential solo debut LP proper, the 2018/19 recordings of ‘Get On’ see him perceptively inhabit and explore the uncanny valley between analog chaos and binary extremity with the same adventurous and inquisitive spirit that has informed all of his work: whether that’s solo; in collaboration with everyone from Mika Vainio, Charlemagne Palestine, Fennesz and Stephen O’Malley; thru to his improvised modular live sets, or his day job running the mighty Editions Mego label.
While Pita arguably made his name as a “laptop” musician in the mid ‘90s, pushing his machines to breaking point alongside the likes of Farmer’s Manual and Russell Haswell, he now favours a more tactile modular set-up that gives him more haptic freedom and uncertainty for live performance, which he has smartly incorporated into ‘Get On.’ The five tracks still bristle with caustic tang in the way we’ve come to expect and adore, but there’s now a nervier jumpiness and live-wire tension to his creations that feels as though he’s getting better to grips with a sort of cyborgian syntax and sonic language.
As always with Pita releases, rhythm is key. It’s exhilaratingly unstable in the combustible fireworks ‘AMFM’ and the tendon-sparking syncopation of ‘Frozen Jumper’, which soon enough introduces the other vital element of his sound; sheer caustic noise. As one of the artists to refine the idea of “noise” at its widest parameters, the glorious tonal abstraction of his following album centrepiece ‘Two Top Five’ can heard as one of 2019’s definitive noise statements, while ‘Aching Moth Pool’ is also one of the year’s most compelling expositions of rhythmic noise. However, if you really want to know where his head is at, the 15 minute ‘Motivation’ yields a transfixing, hallucination of spaces beyond common conception that evince the fact Pita is surely one of the visionary composers of his generation.