Boomkat Product Review:
Mexico City’s Umor Rex present a tantalising reminder of M. Geddes Gengras’ mercurial modular synth brilliance in the complex systems of Two Variations following their issue of the exquisite Sirens by Kara-Lis Coverdale & LXV.
Replete with technical descryption that reads like Rick Moranis reciting Dr. Seuss in a goofy sci-fi about synth geeks, e.g. - “a gate sequencer (Noise Engineering Zularic Repetitor operating in a probability mode) which in turn activates four AD envelopes (Intellijel Quadra) to open the four channels of a Make Noise Quad Multi-Mode Gates module which is mixing the four voices of the VCOs. The ‘delay’ in the shift register (essentially how many clock pulses it takes for a note to advance to the next output) is modulated by random voltage from a Make Noise Wogglebug. The end result is two pairs of marimba mallets attached to a pair of dice.” - the end product is actually highly enjoyable and doesn’t require a PhD to decipher.
All you’re required to do is lean back and follow the waves where they take you, covering some 34 minutes of elegantly tiered harmonies self-organised and eliding crystalline geometries with cascades of liquid glass plong in 03.06.15 and seemingly following its opposite contours in the harsher contours and tortuous delays of 04.10.15 which is a soundboard recording written using the same patch, among others, from the same period.
A stellar recommendation for anyone into Keith Fullerton Whitman or the endless possibilities of modular synth music.