Boomkat Product Review:
Reissue of Charles Ditto’s charming, 1987 self-portrait in MIDI, ‘In Human Terms’, available on vinyl for first time in 30 years. Expect resonant pre-echoes of styles currently pursued by James Ferraro, 0PN and Visible Cloaks
A fine addition to the mountains of reissued ’80s also-ran gems, ‘In Human Terms’ finds Texan Charles Ditto transmuting influence from Cluster, Eno and The Residents via (then) relatively new-fangled MIDI technology, to discern a fleshly, soulful humanity from purely digital sources, along with some steel drums and recordings of Fredricksburg Cicadas.
As previously heard in the 2018 Ditto collection, ‘Basso Continuo. Cyberdelic Ambient and Nootropic Soundscapes (1987-1994)’, the man has a really sensitive melodic touch and a fine grasp of spheric harmonics, especially in his warm and rounded low end frequencies which beautifully buoy the album, suspending it in imagined space between the spongiform bumps of ‘Pop’ and the curved subs of ‘Basso Continuo’.