Boomkat Product Review:
Issued via Lawrence English's Room 40 emporium, this custom-made generative soundbox uses a circuit board that is no longer in production so these are most likely going to be the final copies that will be available - 100 units only. Second generation model housed inside an embossed pouch including a USB cable.
This magic box from Spyros Polychronopoulos arguably just achieved one of modern composition’s smartest goals; to make a piece of music which will, in effect, play infinitely without direct repetition; using electronic means to create the effect of a musician trapped within a box of persistently morphing timbral and temporal paradoxes.
The sounds are indescribable; constantly shifting thru fragments of classical piano, field recordings, glowing drone contours, haptic grains and fizzing scree in a way that’s perhaps best compared in synaesthetic sound/visual terms to looking out of a train window while travelling at speed and trying to tune a shortwave radio.
We’ve seen a lot of innovative releases over the years, but in terms of both its execution and the amorphous abundance of sounds contained within, Live Electronic Music is easily one of the most fascinating objects we’ve had the pleasure to stock, garnering the kind of interest we can only compare to the initial Buddha Machine frenzy a decade ago.