Occlusions; Real-Time Music For Hybrid Digital-Analogue Modular Synthesizer

Album Review of Occlusions; Real-Time Music For Hybrid Digital-Analogue Modular Synthesizer by Keith Fullerton Whitman.

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Occlusions; Real-Time Music For Hybrid Digital-Analogue Modular Synthesizer

Keith Fullerton Whitman

Release Date: Jun 19, 2012
Record label: Editions Mego
Genre(s): Electronic

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Occlusions; Real-Time Music For Hybrid Digital-Analogue Modular Synthesizer - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

Prefix Magazine - 75
Based on rating 7.5/10
75

In a statement accompanying the album, Keith Fullerton Whitman says of Occlusions that it is “a companion piece to Generators in that they share the same tool-set ... however, it is the FREE JAZZ yang to Generator's MINIMALIST yin. It is not recommended to those seeking meter, melody, cleanliness, or a clearly outlined organizational sense.” Generators is Whitman's latest album, out on Editions Mego earlier this year and featuring live improvised electronic process-oriented music.

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Tiny Mix Tapes - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5
70

Modular synthesizers are fickle creatures. As they grow, the limit of the number of possible patches on any given synth approaches infinity. Of course, many of those patches sound absolutely bizarre and unmusical. These are instruments for explorers; a vast, daunting potential exists in them to uncover sounds that feel entirely new, along with plenty of noise (in the broadest sense of the word).

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Pitchfork - 67
Based on rating 6.7/10
67

In 1994 Autechre released the Anti EP, the highlight of which was a track titled "Flutter" that was specifically programmed not to contain any repetitive beats. This form of non-dance dance music came as a response to an act of legislation named the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, which the UK government issued in an attempt to shut down illegal raves. "Music" was defined in the bill as containing "a succession of repetitive beats," causing Autechre to come up with an inventive way around the issue via "Flutter".

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