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Although it's probably now buried within the subterranean depths of his CV, Ryoji Ikeda was one of a number of 'sound artists' commissioned to provide aural installations for the Millennium Dome a few years back.
What's more, his piece 'Matrix' was actually used during the Dome's brief existence as the tabloid's public-enemy number one and possibly constitutes one of the oddest things many coach weary school-kids had ever heard. Just don't blame Ikeda for the travel-sickness!
Ikeda first released 'OºC' in 1998, combining his love of firm rhythmic frameworks, cut-ups and rolling fogs of pristine soundscapes. Opening through a tumbling set of brief vignettes, 'Check', 'Cacoepy', 'Circuit' and 'Contexture' splice clipped vocals with finely tuned machine malfunctions; resulting in a sound somewhere between alva noto and komet.
Ikeda feeds Morse code into the matrix on 'Continuum', while 'Coda' morphs from a soothing electronic bubble-bath into a metronome panic attack without you noticing, whilst 'Zero Degrees ' is a dubby, minimalist tundra.