Boomkat Product Review:
Fantastic split album from Dekorder presenting two contrasting works showcasing the vast possibilities of Don Buchla's famous Modular Electronic Music System (originally invented for use by the likes of Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, Terry Riley et al at the San Francisco Tape Music Centre). Keith Fullerton Whitman is a noted master of this system: his staggering 'Disingenuity b/w Disingenuousness' put it to mind-bending use last year on Pan Records - topping many end-of-year charts in the process, including our own. His side '101105' was recorded live at the semi-monthly "The Bunker" parties in Brooklyn last year opening up for Detroit's Ectomorph and weaves a delirious sequence of sawtooth arpeggios with a masterfully symphonic touch. The piece is actually spliced from various edits of his performance but plays uninterrupted for a powerfully psychedelic experience. It's surely no wonder that he's now been commissioned a residency at GRM studios to work on a piece for Francois Bayle's original 80-channel acousmonium. By comparison, Ulf Schütte or Alien Radio's side is practically pop, presenting five really excellent shorter compositions anchored by clear, pulsing rhythms reminding of Ursula Bogner's frothy rhythms, the studio experiments of Conny Plank or the functional aesthetics of Delia Derbyshire's Radiophonic outings. You may have previously encountered his music as part of Datashock or Phantom Horse, or most memorably on that Kraak 7" with Ducktails and Kohn. You simply don't come across these sounds articulated with such clarity and diction very often, it really is an an unmissable release.
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