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Boomkat Product Review:
Head-melting early electronic drone experiments from visionary Belgian synth scientist André Stordeur. After a trip to India in 1968, Stordeur was inspired to attempt to recreate the nuances of Indian classical music using early electronic techniques. The results are truly hypnotic.
Beginning his musical career as a drummer in the late 1950s, Stordeur eventually began to become interested in electronic music, founding the Studio Synthèse in Brussels in 1973. Since then he's been part of the ensemble Studio voor Experimentale Muziek, studied at Paris's prestigious IRCAM and moved to the USA to study alongside Morton Subotnick. Eventually he became a teacher, specializing in sound synthesis, and literally wrote the book on modular: 1997's "Art of Analog Modular Synthesis by Voltage Control".
"Oberheim SEM 8 Voice 1979-80" collects a few of his pieces, opening with the epic 25-minute title track and including 'Drone', one of his most beloved pieces. 'Like Phil' is another highlight, a bright, lightly-phasing arpeggio based track that sounds like Emeralds or Oneohtrix Point Never at their most psychedelic. Recommended.