Boomkat Product Review:
Peter Rehberg's first foray into full-length territory was initially issued back in 1996. Unsurprisingly considering how early this record was in the grand scheme of things, 'Seven Tons for Free' was quickly realised to be an experimental electronic classic and paved the way for the whole glitchy minimal scene we would see erupt from labels such as Mille Plateaux, Raster Noton and 12k. Using the humble laptop as his primary instrument Rehberg reshaped the way people thought about computer music by making it both academic and listenable thanks to a mischievous sense of humour which had been present in his work since the first Mego release (the rare as hens teeth 'Fridge Tracks' 12") and an unimaginable attention to detail. So over the course of a very brief 30 minutes or so we get pulsing digital minimalism ('/') and slow-building ambience ('Boiler' - and yes, it sounds like a boiler) finally coming to a crushing conclusion with the album's glorious 15 minute centrepiece (which interestingly enough features an early appearance from the omnipresent Christian Fennesz) 'Seven Tons Revised' which sounds like precursor to the kind of growing doomscapes Machinefabriek would make his signature. This is such an important record in the evolution of experimental electronic music and also of the electronic noise scene, it might not stand up quite as tall as its following discs (at least in my mind) but to be honest every self respecting electronic music fan needs this in their collection. Buy it.