Boomkat Product Review:
Excerpts from three site-specific live performances by Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg, recorded last year. In what has become the dominant theme of Emptyset's work, the cavernous architecture of the different settings - Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in Snowdonia, Ambika P3 in London, and Chislehurst Mine in Kent - becomes a component of the music itself, the duo's bowel-shaking low frequencies responding to every nook, curve and surface texture of these man-made caves. When you think of the uses these spaces have historically been put to (chalk and flint mining, Magnox nuclear reaction, concrete testing), it's hard to think of Material as anything but industrial music in its purest, or at least most literal, form. The Trawsfynydd piece is an appealing synthesis of Ryoji Ikeda-style shredding and Lustmord crypt dynamics, while the Ambika and Chislehurst sessions move beyond Pan Sonic pastiche thanks to the unique character of the hardware and a powerful, punctuational deployment of silence.