Friday, August 29, 2008

TL0741 - Back to minus

Pat Gillis is TL0741 who works with synths, effects and tape manipulation. Back To Minus is on HC3Music, and he has a myspace page which is probably the best place to follow this up through - and it is worth following up.

There are five tracks on this live recording, three over ten minutes and a couple half that length. Again, the recent Tone Generation podcast is something of a touch stone, as similar combinations of tone beds, noises and tape loops are subtly and excitingly combined. This is not generally melodic, but rather balances warm enveloping analogue tones with harsher, blipping burring sounds. It is worth playing loud, as there are some wonderful tweeter fodder tones.

Hard to describe but crackles, looped notes, burbles, grumbles, screeching all occur in the first two thirds of Orchrsutra before a sweetly ambient final part. Back to minus is somewhat more restrained pulsing burring pips warmth, while in Mirror faces mirror there is a collection of almost animal-calls through the sonarish beeping and high tones, pulsingly lovely, shimmering and chittering.

Shorter, and more singly focused, Simmervolts is stirring dense forceful drones with gravitas and Morphantasia is warm vocal like unfoldingness.

A fascinating release, spacey analogue but not cliched and with exciting variation

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