Boomkat Product Review:
In the beguiling, rugged geometries of Transmissions from Revarsavr Italian/Belgian duo Lumisokea reframe a palette of recordings made with pioneering, if little known, Russian sound equipment dating to the 1910s and 1920s.
Those unique instruments were recorded at Berlin’s Generation Z: Renoise exhibition in 2014 and form the basis for seven supple, dynamic constructions operating at the border between dance research, concrète sculpture and electro-acoustic experiment.
Thanks to Russia’s totalitarian government, which emerged in the 1930s and strove to erase or censor the endeavours of its experimental music community, we’ll never quite know how those early instruments were used.
But, in the hands of Andrea Taeggi and Koenraad Ecker, they’re boldly chopped and processed, along with the duo’s foundational influences - outernational drumming, dub, concrète - to resemble Shackleton or Photek-style percussive rituals crossing paths with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe’s modular tangles, Lowjack’s tribal ciphers, or the tactile tonal explorations of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
No doubt it’s the most impressive record we’ve heard from Lumisokea and one of the most distinctive Opal Tapes issues in ages.