Boomkat Product Review:
Arch algorithmic alchemist (read: award-winning scientist) Dave Burraston aka Dave NYZ - aka the man behind some of the best, probing electronic releases of this decade - takes his turn on The Tapeworm with a typically invasive and bewildering batch of buckling, fizzy and deeply unreal sonic ecosystems.
As with NYZ’s string of remarkable, cultishly appraised tapes over the last few years, his Xnotnl emission presents widely varied - always intriguing and often astonishing - results from a rigorous scientific approach to experimental process. Often an NYZ track will effectively render the results of a specific methodology or combination of hardware synthesis and FX, and in that sense they could be termed academic. But for any listener with an ear attuned to unique sounds, their grains and timbres, NYZ’s form of academic research is just primed for possibly more trivial pursuits, such as getting high and synching with your sofa, or staring out of bus windows and projecting yourself into parallel dimensions. Dogging, too, for that matter.
On his last tape of 2017 or 1st of 2018 - take your pick! - NYZ dispenses 17 beguiling examples of this uniquely pointed sonic research, generating results that could be called drone or ambient, if you really wanted, but are best thought of and received as alien information ready for you to decipher however the f*ck you see fit. At the least it will make you question how boring most other electronic music “sounds” by comparison, and at best it will retune your ears and make you appear incredibly handsome to robots.
Get it in your ears.