Saturday, September 17, 2011
Ryoji Ikeda - +/-
Sometimes weird genres have quite obvious names, which makes it fairly easy to know what you are getting yourself into. Take microsound for example; it's safe to assume the music is going to be made from small sounds, and that it is. Sine waves, clicks, pops, glitches, crackles, whatever. All those sounds that are annoying to most people while trying to make a record. Well, here is a record full of them.
The result isn't quite what you would expect, though. Instead of some harsh electronic environment, what Ikeda manages to conjure from the most basic noise ingredients, are pulsating waves of minimal sounds; soothing glitches and alien "beats".