Boomkat Product Review:
Gerald Donald’s prescient and hugely sought-after study of Wi-Fi returns to vinyl, just shy of its 20th anniversary - a total masterpiece of modern electro with one foot in the ‘80s yet vividly projecting the future.
Out of print since 2002, all those prayers in the air have been answered with this new pressing of ‘Wireless Internet.’ Revolving around a vocoder narration contemplating the future of computing, circa the advent of a technology that has become integral to most our of lives, Gerald Donald was surely ahead of his time, or at least very much in step with it, as he steered his laboratory’s facilities to research and model the possibilities of Wi-Fi. It formed a change of tone and topic in the wake of Dopplereffekt’s darkside Euro fascinations, and the more playful styles of his Japanese Telecom output, initiating a programme of releases ever since that furthered these interest to the fullest.
All the hallmarks of classic Gerald Donald are in effekt, refining his prismatic ’80s influences with surgical precision into a conceptual, sonic fictional long-player format that works like a sci-fi short story or noirish graphic novel that leaps off from peer moderated research. Archetypal, arpeggiated scene setters such as the scarily evocative opener ‘The Analyst’, the furtive glyde of ‘P2101V’ and the album’s utterly stunning, titular closer suggest the technology’s possibly dystopian application, and also cinematically frame the album’s percussive thrust, epitomised in the classic electro torque of ‘Illuminated Displays’ and a distilled in its recurrent thread of slow, concentrated sluggers such as ‘NTT DoCoMo’ and ‘Devoid of Wires’, which clearly harks back to his Glass Domain gem of 1991, ten years prior.
All time essential business.