Monday, August 11th, 2008
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I have to admit that I’m relatively new to this genre, so my interest in it is fundamentally lacking in any historical context. But I knows what I likes, and this is gripping stuff. In my flirtations with this kind of minimalistic, abstract electronica, I’ve found that it’s difficult to achieve a balance between a commitment to experimentalism and sheer listenability, but I think Ryoji Ikeda succeeds. Though largely formless, save for at most skeletal rhythms, his new album Test Pattern
is immediately engaging merely through its monochromatic, microtonal textures. It skitters and pops at a sometimes frantic pace, crackling, buzzing, and ringing in enough varied ways that I’m truly never bored by it. If you’ve been avoiding “amelodic nonsense” like this, here’s an opportunity to have your mind changed. I only hope it’ll lead me to more things that surprise me in the same way.