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Boomkat Product Review:
This follow-up to his Through The Cardial Window album marks something of a departure for Gregg Kowalsky. With a clear change in working methodology, the drone maestro abandons the conveniences and pristine processes of digital technology in favour of tape loops, cassettes, analogue synths and various acoustic sound sources. In his own words, Kowalsky found himself "limited by the limitless possibilities of digital production", and so went back to basics. In actual fact, Tape Chants is far from a simple affair, and Kowalsky's current setup would send a good many minimalist composer types running back to their Max/MSP setups: first, sounds are generated by simple sine wave oscillators, gongs, shruti boxes and various tuned percussion instruments, only to be channelled through Sony TCM 200DV cassette recorders scattered around a performance space. From this point Kowalsky goes about modifying the pitches and playback of the various signals, harnessing subtly manifested rhythmic elements to bring a sense of motion and development to the otherwise glacial confluence of drones. The end result of all Kowalsky's meticulous realtime tweaking and manipulation is every bit as immaculately sculpted as any digitally rendered piece. The patient, fathomless quality to these compositions harks back to Kevin Drumm's Imperial Distortion - or more recently Keith Fullerton Whitman's cassette opus Taking Away, such is the artistry and deftness of execution evident across the album. You'll even hear occasional flickers of William Basinski's genre-defining tape works: 'IX' reveals an underlying piano phrase, wearily blurted out and then dredged through a foggy mass of creaking and hiss; likewise 'V' immerses plaintive half-formed melodies in a pool of eroded C46 smudge. When broadsheet newspapers write about the resurrection of the cassette in 2009 they probably never had this sort of thing in mind, but there can be few finer outlets for the format than Kowalsky's masterful lo-fi soundscapes.