Boomkat Product Review
Welcome return for Robert Hampson - a true maverick, having led drone-rock institution Loop and then dub-obsessed, "drumless space" explorers Main in the 80s and 90s. Hampson resurfaced after a long pause with an album of ascetic electronics on Touch a couple of years back, and now presents his sophomore outing on Mego, having previously contributed to a split 10" with Cindytalk for the label. One of the three long pieces featured in this set, 'Antarctic Ends Here', featured on that 10" - a homage to John Cale, it's a transporting mingling of drones, piano and field recordings of rustling bamboo plants. The suitably spaced-out 'De la Terre a la Lune' was commissioned for an 8-channel diffusion performance at The Planetarium in Poitiers, France, and the title piece, 'Repercussions' - probably the most rich and mesmerising thing on here - originated as an ascousmatic multi-channel piece commissioned by GRM (the legendary electronic music centre that Mego is now working extensively). It was created using recordings of piano, drum skins, gamelan, metal grates and other percussion sources - each element was "‘remixed’ repeatedly, to change it’s sonic shape or timbre, to try and form new textures from normally recognisable ones". The CD stereo mix is accompanied by a DVD featuring all three pieces in 5.1 surround.