Boomkat Product Review:
Avant-garde computer music pioneer Carl Stone's newest is a Max/MSP powered deep dive into unsettled dreamworld sampledelica, warping pitch-fuct pop garbles into hiccuping noise spirals and quasi-techno ethno-pop bumpers. Properly off the dial material that sounds like a plunderphonic take on the Sublime Frequencies catalog, or ABBA reworked by Oval.
'Wat Dong Moon Lek' might be the oddest missive we've heard yet from Stone. The Californian computer music vanguard has long been notable for his dissections of electronics, minimalism, world music and hip-hop, and this latest set melts his history into a barely discernible soup of chattering drums, veiled vocals and stuttered melodies. "Stone 'plays' his source material in the way Terry Riley's 'In C' 'plays' an ensemble," reads the press release - and it's not far off the mark. There's a freewheeling charm and humor to Stone's approach that's hard not to love, it's uncompromising and deliciously bonkers, but struck thru with a level of knuckle-crack'd expertise that lifts it a few inches from the ground at all times.
At its best, 'Wat Dong Moon Lek' sounds like a shortwave radio interrupting a skipping J-pop CD: almost aggrevatingly loopy but texturally inviting at the same time. And while the music is assisted and driven by software, it sounds organic and human, as if Stone is answering the ubiquitous algorithmic playlist age with an arched eyebrow and a double helping of glitchy mischief. Whether you're into John Oswald, Farmers Manual, DJ Screw or Steve Reich, this one's for you.