Boomkat Product Review:
In her captivating, unyielding concrète designs, Beau Beaumont (fka Breakwave) takes a unique reading of the historic Liverpool-Manchester trainline in an uncompromising debut solo statement of intent for Rome’s excellent Superpang
Using contact mics, a Geofón (seismic recorder) and computer processing, Beau renders an hour long abstraction of a train journey from her home city to Manchester along the world’s first commuter train line in ‘Trahere’. Previously regarded for her mutant grooves as DJ/producer Breakwave, and parties as Meine Nacht, the adoption of her own name for these recordings signifies a more personalised, sound designer approach that revels in pure concrète texture and synaesthetic sensory modes.
However, for all its oblique, shapeshifting mass, there’s a lowkey poetry to proceedings as the raw recordings of the train’s creaking metal and subharmonic frequencies are amplified, focussed and transmuted into something almost hellishly stygian like an out-of-body-experience, eschewing any sort of conventional melody or harmony other than incidental sounds and committing to her craft with admirable conviction. Definitely one to check for fans of Kevin Drumm, Jo Montgomerie, Bethan Kellough.