Boomkat Product Review:
Surveying the Japanese ‘80s ambient zeitgeist, V-O-D go deeper than everyone with reissue of multimedia artist Osamu Sato’s obscure ambient work Objectless, appearing in a newly remixed form based on the original 1983 tape release for Skating Pears.
Sato is best known as creator of the LSD Dream Emulator and Eastern Mind classic computer games and their soundtracks, which are held in cult regard by nerds the world over. This new version of Objectless hears Sato sensitively return to and remix his debut release, resulting a sound that clearly resonates with decades worth of immersive computer games which have arrived in the original tape’s wake.
It’s all remarkably free of the more cloying aspects of this era, when many artists were prone to show off more jazzy, proggy flights of fancy, as Sato tends to keep his arrangements efficiently trim, resulting some really ace drops of minimalist electro, and two really choice pieces of purring, rhythmelodic chimes and flutters that pre-echo the delicacies of Japanese house music in the glittery electro-techno of Eight Beat Infinity, and the lissom acid flutter of Helicoid Guardian, which patently sounds like The Orb.