Boomkat Product Review:
This is about as radical and relentlessly extreme as electronic music gets. Visionary algorithmic composer Florian Hecker teamed up with Fluxus veteran Yasunao Tone for Palimpsest, an epic of severe digital experimentation. A split two-channel approach is used on the album whereby each speaker is assigned its own distinctive train of thought. The resultant overlaying of the two causes some pretty head-mangling dizzy spells, but that only goes to enhance what already sounds like a peerlessly adventurous album. The opening twenty-eight minuter is an exhausting trawl through stuttering audio which apparently follows no particular structure - nothing so straight-forward as a beginning, middle and an end here. It's an astonishing listening experience, but hardly an easy one. the remaining three pieces are markedly shorter, exploring similar sonic themes for the most part, but by the time you reach closing track '4', there's a slight change of tack. Clocking in at just under four minutes, '4' is ideal for a quick fix of extreme audio articulation, with digital signals somehow conjuring the same sorts of textures as you might hear from a close-up recording of a bow scraped coarsely and slowly across a cello string.