Boomkat Product Review:
Having made his name as a turntablist, it's only natural that erikm should find himself gravitating towards other forms of recorded media as his subject matter for later works. On Steme, the French sound artist embarked upon the creative process by burning off a CD of ten short pieces that were then deliberately damaged. These corrupted, corroded files were then used in various improvisational contexts via different realtime playback scenarios (CD DJ packages, Mini Discs and other such platforms) helping to establish the fabric of these remarkable, often very beautiful electroacoustic compositions. Steme must rank as one of erikm's very finest works to date - right up there with the Sixperiodes album on Sirr - marking a departure from the more concrète sounding work of old, instead continuing on from Oval's mid-nineties journey into the aesthetics of failure, weaving complex microsonic narratives that rethink the more outmoded approaches to glitch-based music, loosening up those old loop structures. Very highly recommended.