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Boomkat Product Review:
Reversing into the Future is an absorbing debut collaborative outing for Touch CEO Mike Harding and fellow experimenter Mark Van Hoen (Locust) as Drøne, rendering the results of hazy modular sessions recorded over hot days in the hills of L.A.
This stuff is right out there with the likes of John Duncan’s Nazca Lines recordings or Kevin Drumm at his most stoic, parched, summoning a buzzing electrical field of layered tones embedded with fragmentary melodies and prone to melt and squeeze with an amorphous, tarmac-prickling quality that gives off noxious, hypnagogic gases. It could be used to soundtrack some sci-fi flick filmed int he valleys below them…
"A very hot day in the hills above Los Angeles… only possible to work in the mornings because of the sweltering afternoon heat, so all a bit frantic, but with a kink in time. There is no wifi-controlled air conditioning; the car is electric-powered and charging up. It has barely rained for months, (if not years) and the hoses are working overtime. Its an analogue session; Mark’s modular synth set up is working furiously and overheating. We are pushing sounds through and seeing what works… and things gradually take shape. The forms seem to determine themselves; how much control do we have? How much do we want? Some peculiar things start to happen and the haze bends. Some of the sounds seem alive and are quick to reform as we struggle to contain them, like trying to stuff snakes into a bag. The sounds moan and sing, forming their own phonemes.”