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Polish musician Qba Janicki flexes his sound design muscle on "Organic Synthetics", using generative synths to spice up an almost 40-minute suite of deranged, distorted electronix.
Best known for his live improvisation and percussion playing, Qba Janicki pivots to sound sculpting here, losing himself in the possibilities of generative computer music. It's core territory for the reliable SUPERPANG label, and Janicki doesn't let up for the duration, wrestling competently with zeroes and ones, but using distortion and reverb sparingly to keep the music feeling somewhat human. His inspiration for the piece was Poland's Sudety mountain range, that Janicki explored thoroughly during lockdown.
He uses the idea of natural phenomena and the flux of particles to inform the movement of his digital instruments, and the resulting explosion of whizz-bang synthesis is surprisingly gripping. Sounds a little like a latter-day Autechre set fired thru a malfunctioning shortwave radio transmitter.