Tuesday, 25 May 2010

frank bretschneider - exp

frank bretschneider


r-n 108


audio cd + data cd

triple fold-out digipak

I've been waiting patiently for this to arrive ever since it was first announced way back in January and let's say: it was well worth the wait. Another great disc. I was fortunate enough to see Bretschneider play EXP live last November and this is the perfect companion piece to his performance. As usual the Raster-Noton packaging is lavish and beautifully crafted.one2zero

image © japanese forms

"Frank Bretschneider is widely known as a pioneer of the 'clicks & cuts' style, using microscopic audio snippets to create his sparse and abstract rhythm patterns. His albums under his own name and under his Komet alias have graced labels such as Mille Plateaux, 12k, as well as influential imprint Raster-Noton, which he co-founded in 1999 together with Alva Noto and Olaf 'Byetone' Bender.

As a studied graphic designer, Bretschneider's has always been interested in the interactions of sound and visuals. 'EXP' explores this concept with an 18 minute video, which uses particle algorithms to generate oscilloscope-like renderings of the album's tracks. Abstract and mesmerizing, the visuals perfectly match the scientific approach of the album, for which Bretschneider has used sounds of 'mechanics, electricity, magnetism, light and other radiation' as sources for his microscopic samples." © zero"

Buy this album @ raster-noton / Download @ zero"

frank bretschneider / myspace / raster-noton

Monday, 17 May 2010

unkle - where did the night fall (box)

where did the night fall
surrender all

limited edition box
double album in fold-out sleeve
full album + instrumental version
32-page board book featuring artworks by warren du preez & nick thornton jones
36-page booklet

image © japanese forms

Took some time out to update this blog (a little) with the latest offering from James Lavelle's ongoing UNKLE project. I haven't had time to listen to this yet but if it's anything like what Lavelle has previously released under the UNKLE moniker it'll be very good indeed. I'll update this post when I've given it a good few spins but even if it is'nt as good soundwise as Lavelle's other albums it's worth buying for the artwork and packaging alone. one2zero

UNKLE / UNKLE Blog / Warren du Preez - Nick Thornton Jones