Boomkat Product Review:
The Editions Mego reissue campaign continues with one of the original Mego label's key works. Pita (the recording alias of label administrator and KTL member Peter Rehberg) recorded Get Out between 1998 and 1999, providing a genre-defining statement in the fields of computer music and digital noise. The David Keenan liner notes even go so far as to draw comparisons between this album and Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced in terms of re-establishing the parameters of a particular instrument - which in this case is the laptop. Far from being a dour, academic exercise, Get Out is as playfully confrontational as it is technical and disciplined, carving out industrialised drones, sophisticated algorithmic designs and dadaist sound collages without ever settling on a single set of ideas. One of the most memorable moments comes from the sample looping orchestrations of the slowly mutating, eleven-minute third track (as with all the original Get Out tracklist, it's untitled), which preceded the kind of advanced plunderphonic sound morphing Rehberg brought to the table on the Fenn O'berg records (in collaboration with Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke). In fact, you can hear shades of Endless Summer (which wasn't out until 2001) in this piece's sandblasted melodies, but never content to plough a single furrow, Pita moves on to wafer thin, almost imperceptible tonal ambience on 'CE3' (one of three bonus tracks to be lifted from a 2001 split 12" with Kevin Drumm), before turning towards more abrasive, almost militantly un-musical sound matter dissections elsewhere. Nearly ten years after its original publication, the radicalism and sheer power of Get Out remain undiluted, and this reissue is something that should be investigated and cherished by all fans of noise, or pioneering music in general.