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Natural Devices

Tlaotlon — Natural Devices (March 6, 2015)

    Tlaotlon — Natural Devices (March 6, 2015)Tlaotlon — Natural Devices (March 6, 2015)^♦   Jeremy má určitě smysl pro nepředvídatelné, uvolněné nálady až do občas téměř chaotických vrstev. Dále bouře chrastících předmětů z umělých hmot. Pak tam ‘vidím’ stopy shakin´shakin´kroucené Italo–house atmosféry prosakující do řízení jako řídící věže, tedy bedny, co má Jeremy na ramenou; jasné analogové syntezátory, arpeggia, zlomené a roztroušené po celém place vedle strašidelného pozadí cyklicky měnícího se prostředí, dab–out, skákání hajtky a křehké bicí automaty.
^♦   Dokonce v polovině Open Systems slyším i skřivánka. No toto! Později ale bodavé syntezátory, složitá souhra volných, nevyčíslitelných smyček stavby kompozic až k téměř závratnému vrcholu, než se konečně odplaví do dálky. Stálo to za to, miluji být omámen v hledání.
Harmonický” je původní projev kódovaný v nevyčíslitelném sinusovém modelu. Takže všechny tyto parametry modelu jsou ve float formě. Ostatní parametry modelu, jako je rozteč, LPC energie a harmonické fáze zůstávají nevyčíslitelné, ale budou pravděpodobně vyžadovat mnohem méně bitů, než spektrální veličiny (aka LSP).
Birth name: Jeremy Coubrough
Location: New Zealand ~ Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Album release: March 6, 2015
Record Label: World Memory / Mimaroglu
Duration:     39:31
1 Delta Vista Pacific     4:11
2 Illuminated Biomass     5:35
3 Kurzweil Empirical Shadow     4:42
4 The Co–domain     5:07
5 Open Systems     4:55
6 Aircheck     4:47
7 Templex     6:41
8 Tri–fold Pattern Language     3:33
Due 3/6.
"After a flurry of EP’s in 2014, including cassettes on 1080p Collection, Baba Vanga and a split 12” with Katie Gately as part of Fatcat’s forward–thinking split series, Tlaotlon starts 2015 with Natural Devices on his fresh imprint World Memory Records.
On Natural Devices Tlaotlon maintains his ingenious rhythmic invention and vibrant sound worlds, but now in higher definition. On these eight tracks, dynamic, glossy and malleable assemblages often evoke the plastic arts. Digitally processed sonic objects are manipulated to bubble, burst and drip seemingly of their own accord, yet are simultaneously  sculpted with razor–sharp precision and tamed just enough to fit into the dense spatio–temporal terrain.
All eight tracks on Natural Devices have a bass drum on every beat, however the rhythmic sensibilities displayed don’t quite conform to the grid–based and interlocked machinic momentum of Techno. Using numbers and ratios culled from various sources, Tlaotlon creates a mesmerizing ‘rhythmification’ of data. Percussive elements each loop on their own axis, decentering the grooves as they orbit and eclipse one another. Melodic phrases are built with the repetitious logic of ringtones, human speech, radio idents, console start–ups and animal calls. By shifting focus around and between these elements, the listener can appreciate new perspectives in the music’s inter–rhythmic topology and scope.
Natural Devices reflects the multiplicity of the virtual domain onto the open surface of electronic music. Where pop–ups, splash–screens, hover–ads, gifs and auto–play videos might simply rupture your focus zone, Natural Devices zooms out enough to transform this sensation into a multiple–tabs–open musical panorama bursting with divergences of colour, texture, balance and drama. This is a unique perspective on close–listening club music and is a bold, speculative work of contemporary electronic music."
By Chris Downton January 27, 2015
Originally from New Zealand and now Melbourne-based, electronic producer Jeremy Coubrough has been responsible for a steady output of material under his Tlaotlon alias over the last four years on labels including FatCat, Epic Sweep and Dungeon Taxis. This fourth album (if you don’t count his split releases with other artists) ‘Natural Devices’ arrives on Coubrough’s own new label World Memory. Perhaps a good description for the eight tracks collected here would be ‘messy techno’, but while there’s certainly a sense of unpredictable looseness to the at times almost chaotic layers that Coubrough spools around his 4/4 kickdrum backings, it’s all done with an incredibly precise level of attention to detail. The accompanying bio info describes this album as reflecting the multiplicity of the online world, where pop–up windows and videos constantly divert the viewer’s focus, and it certainly proves to be an apt analogy for what’s going on here.
‘Delta Vista Pacific’ kicks things off with a smooth glide out into muted kickdrums and soft–focus pads before sudden interjections of synth swells and ricocheting noises rise like a web around the entire mix, the pulsing bass rhythms providing the only anchor of regularity around what almost sounds like a storm of rattling plastic objects at points. ‘Illuminated Biomass’ meanwhile sees traces of a twisted Italo–house vibe seeping into proceedings as bright analogue synth arpeggios get broken and scattered all over the place alongside eerie background ambience and dubbed–out, skipping hi–hats and brittle drum machines, before ‘Kurzweil Empirical Shadow’ sends robotically cut–up vocal elements and sudden sampled whoops tumbling through a dense forest of rattling percussion and stabbing synths, the intricate interplay of loose, unquantised loops building to an almost dizzying peak before finally washing away into the distance. Well worth seeking out. http://www.cyclicdefrost.com/
Label: http://www.mimaroglumusic.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tlaotlon

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