Sunday, November 15, 2009

Gas - Gas

Label: Mille Plateaux

Year: 1996

Styles: Ambient Techno, Minimal Techno


Although Wolfgang Voigt's first outing under the Gas moniker came long before he established Kompakt records; the album contains all the distinctive elements which would later set that label apart from it's less creative rivals.

All of the tracks clock in at over ten minutes, with Voigt having decided by then that giving tracks titles wasn't necessary. The track listing simply reads "Untitled" six times in a row.

Much like his later Kompakt desciples, Voigt is adept at blending the warm elements of beatless ambient, with the cold atmosphere of Porter Ricks/Basic Channel style minimalist techno.

Both fans of Ambient and Techno will find something here to like.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Beaumont Hannant - Basic Data Manipulation

Label: GPR

Year: 1993

Styles: Ambient Techno, IDM


Although respected within the IDM community for his work, Beaumont Hannant remains the most criminally overlooked artist of the Artificial Intelligence era.

Boasting an ear for both lush ambient soundscapes, and abrasive audio shrapnel, he is perhaps the only producer from the nineties deserving of a comparison to Aphex Twin.

Most apparent on this, his first release, is the unique way in which Hannant structures his compositions.

While contemporaries such as Britains Mu-ziq mimicked the stylings of Richard D. James (almost to a science), Beaumont Hannant reached the same heights, while maintaining a sound unlike anyone else from the period.