Science Cult Records
TBR: 3rd March
Exploring our relationship with machines and space travel, Stefan Weise aka Syrte takes the soul of our hardware with an electromagnetic microphone and puts it to rhythm and music. How have we grown with these devices in our lives, what backdrop of audio has our generation been subjected to? Have we learned anything new? Let's discover what directions these five unique mixes take us as the concept of technological advance is explored through composed electronic sounds.
It begins with Obedience Paradox. Scattered electro beats fling off in rhythmic directions around a 360 degree audio space. Swooshing sounds fly from side to side as chatty and expressive drumming creates a symphony of electronic percussion. Crunching bass and fast-paced cymbals sit on either side of the pressurised flux. A consistent rhythm works through a shifting sky of moving elements. A vocal sample with extreme robotic effects begins chanting in time to the flow. A consistence threads through the piece as new sounds of movement and operation fold into the mixture.
Next, a lo-fi bass and cymbal riff begins. Synthetic beats rage forward which include laser zaps and squelching undercurrents. The tempo doubles up as new percussive sounds fill the spaces between the beats. A jarring swathe of rhythms fly by in regulated bursts. Changes and evolutions allow new flavours of electronic sound to make themselves apparent through the churning restlessness. A squashy bass drops through the sky which carries currents of tempo through and out as a continual pulse presses forward. Simulation Assimilation takes a catchy tempo and fills it with interesting atmosphere.
Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions begins with zaps and bass reverberating in a consistent tempo. New sounds are added, a melodic bass that clunks and chords in splurges of electronic output. Then, a synth adds a layer of atmosphere beneath, howling winds of digital sound delicately flow and fill all the spaces. That zapping rhythm continues, propped up with insets of fizzing energy and rhythmic melody. Up and down bass notes dance along sponges of cymbal and snare which eventually break down into an interesting drum-fill that breaks like yolk across the plate of stability. Vocals sneak in, whispered voice with plenty of digital effect warms and hushes behind frantic beats that don't want to sit still. Nervousness and addictive elements combine to an intellectual foray of formulated beats.
Robotic and mechanical beats emerge from the silence as the next track breaks into being. The music progresses and builds slowly at first, fizzing with potential energy. Swooping runs on electronic drums add their flavour as broken beats find jigsaw snug places to exert their tempo. Zaps and bass rip lines in the under-fabric which become seedbeds for churning and jittery melodic beats. As if reversed or squeezed through some kind of phaser, the melody brings itself to the boil under its own sonic pressure. Mechanical Matriarch insists with rhythms that gargle and build in exciting and coherent bursts of energetically abstract sound.
-1815350400 begins with a metallic rhythm that's slow to start. A deep and toneful bass kicks along at a regular pace while the rest of the loops are spliced in regularly. Dancing keyboards create swirling loops of rhythmic melody as the percussion builds into sweeping runs of percussion. Repeating phrases on all sides create a rotating energy that spirals up with each bar. A new addition of vocal again brings a human edge, and still this is covered in digital garnish. A prominent vocal line is provided for the first time and we get a sense of verse although it's hard to decipher the words. This final number has a slightly dreamier sense to it, with slow moving directions gradually forming around crystals of rhythm.
You can find out more on Syrte on his website
Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.