Boomkat Product Review:
CIM dug thru his archives to uncover this quirky selection of Amiga-composed tracker IDM, influenced by the 1990s demoscene and the early UK electronica wave of The Future Sound of London, The Black Dog and AFX. Quite lovely.
It's interesting to think back to just how much music was influenced by the Amiga. The long-defunct home computer system was responsible for a remarkable amount of good material, from classic Amiga jungle (Omni Trio used one) to eccentric IDM, to Max Tundra's proto Hyperpop. CIM's collection - written between '96 and '98 - falls into the middle camp and expresses in a handful of tracks just what worked about the brittle, minimal sound.
The British producer learned to use a tracker - basically a sequencer that rolled vertically rather than horizontally, using tiny samples - by ripping examples from demo disks and re-writing them on the Amiga. Adding elements from his clunky 386 PC, Simon Walley managed to come up with a sound that takes a hearty amount of influence from early Warp legends The Black Dog/Plaid and of course AFX, but manages to steer it in a personal direction.
Listening now it warms the heart; there's a simplicity to tracker material that's been lost in an era where we can technically do anything. The limitations led to intricacies and harsh choices that make the music sound so specific and emotionally resonant that it's hard not to smile. If you've burned thru the early Plaid catalogue and spun "I Care Because You Do" one too many times, here's yer next port of call.