Boomkat Product Review:
Scott Goodwin's Operative project lines up alongside such notables of primal, propulsive synthesis as Pan Sonic and Coh, taking a mercilessly minimal analog starting point and venturing tangentially into the most avant-garde extremes of 4/4 electronic music. On 'Ramp', what starts out with home-made and customised synth signals is eventually turned into a lumbering monster of an air-raid siren rave-up, all thanks to a very sleek and simple concept. As is alluded to by the title, the piece begins with a raw, ascending oscillator tone that keeps on heading towards ear-damaging districts of the tuning stratosphere. Soon enough, different layers start overlapping, using the same pitch-shifting principles and before too long motorised rhythmic elements are introduced. It's once this almost Moroder-esque aspect kicks in that the Coh and Pan Sonic comparisons start to reveal themselves. It's pretty daringly confrontational stuff - perhaps the sort of thing Florian Hecker would like to dance to when he steps out of a saturday night. If you can even imagine such a thing. A tad easier on the ear is 'Pulse', which comes closer still to evoking a sense of futuristic, minimal analog disco. Once again the synth sounds are wonderfully raw and rudimentary, but this time around the beats are sufficiently developed to lend more of a playful feel to the piece. Good stuff - and an interesting move for the Root Strata label.