Boomkat Product Review:
Prepare to be wowed by the complex, primitive futurism of Ben Zimmerman's 'The Baltika Years', sequenced and prefaced by Software's lead developer, Dan "OPN" Lopatin.
Yielding a microcosmos of 31 compositions ranging from 10 seconds to 21 minutes in length, mostly composed and recorded using a Tandy DeskMate computer between 1992 - 2002, and touching down on D&B, bit-crushed dub, and near-baroque melodic economy, it's a shocking and deeply personal revelation, well warranting Software's comparison between it and "reading an abstract diary".
Whilst we're not informed exactly what age Brooklyn-based Zimmerman was in 1992, he was apparently just out of high school, which makes its stylistic chicanery and breadth of expression that much more impressive. Working closely within the Tandy DeskMate computer's limitations, he would eventually push them to their limit as the technology become obsolete and files corrupted, but thanks to a keen archivers sense and persistence, we now have this unique, would-be artefact of a time and place long forgotten, flooding back memories of that first time using a Midi application on your first PC - only ours sounded nowhere near as well organised as Zimmerman's.
Imagine Hrvatski knackered by Mica Levi, or Team Doyobi cracking open Jeff Keen's Noise Art; you've got a good idea what you're getting into.