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Boomkat Product Review:
Two discs spanning 29 tracks produced, engineered or performed by "the man who set the template for the Manchester Sound." A revered electronic innovator and sonic instigator, Hannett is best known for defining the sound of Factory Records and seminal early releases by Joy Division with his experimental approaches - their distinctive drum sound was achieved using the AMS1560 delay built by former aerospace engineers in Burnley - just one of many unconventional techniques he would deploy (there's also a photo of his cigarette-between-two-mics method in the liner notes, ha!). His work combined a love of sci-fi with a deeply inquisitive nature carried over from his Chemistry studies at uni and obviously a insatiable thirst for sound, all of which would give birth to a very particular sound, often perceived as cold, industrial and futuristic, which defined the early Factory Records aesthetic. The first disc focuses on Martin as musician and producer engineer, including some brilliant, unreleased studio takes of experiments on Syndrums, assorted Synths and piano, plus some of his work with groups and artists such as Pete Farrow and Belts and Braces - the first band he recorded - besides some excerpts of conversation with Joy Division/New Order's Bernard Sumner. The second disc is purely Martin Hannett's productions between 1975-78 (and a quip from Peter Hook), showing his nascent yet instantly recognisable style.