Boomkat Product Review:
Next on the excellent and studious Cusp Editions; Richard Scott’s vibrantly expressive and dextrously textured Several Circles - a Serge modular stereo acousmaticpiece taking the form of an ever-mutating viral organism.
Based between Manchester and Berlin, Scott operates in a fantastically colourful and abstract world of his own within Several Circles, taking inspiration from Wassily Kandinsky’s 1926 painting of the same name to head off along bifurcating and labyrinthine vectors with animated energy and hyper-lucid, crystalline fidelity.
It’s nothing if not thorough in its vision, sprawling across 15 individual tracks in two slabs of wax, all in Richard’s own words; “microscopically edited, constructed, layered and mixed over many hours in the studio…” resulting the sort of recording that constantly reveals new aspects with each progressive immersion.
As opposed to much of the praxis within modern electro-acoustic music, this is far less a dry academic exercise and much closer to the captivating whorls and alien chatter of Rashad Becker’s Traditional Music Of Notional Species or even the fluidly unfurling topographies of Morton Subotnick’s Silver Apples of the Moon - quintessentially music that imagines something far beyond the known, and recalibrates our limits of electronic perception.