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After choice collabs with Valentina Magaletti and Matthew Herbert, explorative drummer Julian Sartorius showcases innovative extended techniques, making acoustic drums sound curiously electronic, for Marionette.
Member of more bands than you can shake a drumstick at, Sartorius here focusses his solo attention on animating percussion to make it produce unusual tonalities that may beggar the listener’s belief. Messing with a principle of early electronic and experimental music, in which artists attempted to shape waveforms to mimic “real” instruments, Sartorius makes his instruments sound “unreal” via a range of deftly applied strategies and organic, hand-played construction. The result is a supremely playful battery of rhythms and sounds that come to resemble a drum machine played by inbuilt insects, or a water-powered synth built from ancient Pygmy schematics by Pierre Bastien.
It’s as if the gridlines of electronic music are contoured more fleshy, quiescent and wobbly, but still just-about holding it all together as the album sloshes and tinkles between the electroid water music of ‘Rollgadi’ thru scuzzy downbeats redolent of Herbert’s concrète textures in ‘Ruuri’ and the minimalist house swing of ‘Zwuri’, to gamelan-like rhythemlodic tones recalling Don’t DJ or Uwalmassa’s innovative Indonesian styles on ‘Fatzikus’ and ‘Parliwu’, or Nicola Ratti’s frayed pulses in stirred in a metal pan on ‘Luur’, or like a mushie-powered MPC workout by Eli Keszler in ‘Treissi’.