Boomkat Product Review:
Discombobulated acid, piquant minimalism, and freeform computer x synth noise graffiti from Finlay Shakespeare, a guess-again composer best known for his mutant pop on Editions Mego
Commissioned as the 100th release on the superlative Superpang label, ‘Zero Purism Process Control’ plays to the Bristol-based artist’s freakier side, taking the opportunity to coax properly irregular, asymmetric and unstable functions from a set-up of “outdated synthesiser equipment coupled with modern DSP all being controlled by computer based patches I made myself.” More specifically, we’re talking Buchla, CGS/Serge, Arp and stock Yamaha kit shaped via Intellijel, Harvestman and DigiTech digital processing, with hands on tweaks made and captured whilst recording. If you’re after his mix of straight and gurney pop, best think again, ‘cos this one’s much better filed next to the likes of Russell Haswell or Marcin Pietruszenwski.
Aye, fans of crafty earfloss will be in their element here, with the atom-spiting audness of ‘Acid Easel’ setting the tone for a supremely bendy set that, despite its abstract nature, does bear some more melodic sentiment on the likes of its Aleksi Perälä-like cascade of bleeps in ‘CrapDAC Overflow’ and the sore tang of ‘Spring Buffer’, and with some semblance of funk in the Autchrian angularity of ‘Window Flyer’. But it’s more dominated by urges to the inexplicable, as with the batshit plongs of ’2010 Could have Been’ and skull scrape textures of ‘Anti-Vax Sick My Knoedel.’