Boomkat Product Review:
Whelming, intergalactically-scaled computer music from the absolute don Marcus Schmickler, modelling the acoustic sound of two galaxies colliding by gravitational force, just ‘cos he can.
Not doing sh*t by halves, Schmickler’s first major vinyl release since the melon-splitting ‘Politiken Der Frequenz’ (2016) is an ambitious attempt to telescope advanced astrophysics onto 12”s of vinyl, with results that feel like flossing your head with string theory.
Composed at various locations 2012-2018 (presumably with some kind of assistance from author of the computer music manual, Alberto De Campo, who is thanked on the sleeve), ‘Particle / Matter Wave / Energy’ describes the practically unimaginable in terms of vast, illusory Shepard tone pitch gradients that suggest the listener is at the centre of a hugely complex, banking mass of frequencies in the petrifying depths of space.
For the first third of the piece it he creates a vacuum that leaving us feeling genuinely a bit breathless, seemingly moving down the registers to super wide, bodyenveloping sounds before he really ramps up the chaos to eye-popping degrees that feels like we’re spun in a gyroscope. On the the other side the piece seems to surge upwards, ultimately hitting screeching high register pitches and systematically wrenching your atoms apart.
Trust us, It’s a highly pleasurable experience if you like the idea of bathing in mescaline and letting the universe prod your pineal gland.