Boomkat Product Review:
Sound designer for blockbuster movie trailers, Anthony Baldino shows off his meticulous tekkers and dramaturgist styles in an IDM framework on a solo debut LP proper. RIYL Richard Devine, Venetian Snares, Æ
“Born and raised in New York, Anthony Baldino is an LA based composer and sound designer whose work spans an enormous range of production avenues. The likelihood that you haven't heard his work is nearly impossible, with music and sound design in too many trailer campaigns to list, including Prometheus, Interstellar, Ex-Machina, Star Wars: Rogue One, and Avengers: Infinity War and End Game just to name a few. From there, his work ventures to the opposite pole of production with custom sound design based compositions for Dolby Labs mixed in Atmos, beautifully glitched out remixes, and continues on to mind-bending modular synthesizer performances.
With his debut artist release, he delivers a devastatingly beautiful album grounded in IDM that focuses on modular synthesizers. While a vast amount of modular synth music is currently being released, this album goes far beyond the typical beeps and boops that one may expect when they hear “modular IDM record”. This record is as technical as it is emotive. Tasteful and incredibly detailed, “Twelve Twenty Two” bridges the gap between sound-design laden beats and cinematic motifs and ambiences. This record does not disappoint and is sure to become a favorite of electronic music fans.
The album opens up with a slowly unfolding melody that seems to be within grasp but never actually repeats itself. Incredibly tasteful glitchy sound design leads us in to a build that you’d expect to be in a movie and then drops us into a full-on sonic assault of impeccable drums and rich synths. From there, the record traverses a wide array of texture, time and technique. Closing with a track that makes you feel like you could actually reach out and touch the sound and float in its space, the sonic landscape created in “Twelve Twenty Two” is a true treat for your ears.”