Boomkat Product Review:
This collaboration between Mika Vainio and Carsten Nicolai dates back to 1997, and it's bizarre to think that over a decade has elapsed since this was first released. Sounding every bit as relevant a piece of electronic experimentation as it did back then, the four tracks here occupy some of the purest, most minimal territory the two artists have explored over the years. Conceived as part of an installation to be exhibited simultaneously in Germany, Finland and Poland, the inspiration behind this music comes from magnetspintomograph and radiotelescope recordings of pulsars. Despite the academic concept, the music here is beautifully elemental, comprising Vainio's sustained tones and Noto's sophisticated electronic grid forms. There's a purity to these recordings that harks back to the very genesis of electronic music, yet it still sounds timelessly essential today. Highly recommended.