Bristol-based electronic composer and blogger Nick Edwards,
who had already released cassettes of ambient dance music like
Controlled By Voltage Vol.1 (1994),
mixed echo-drenched dub music and abstract electronic music
on Plekzationz (Editions Mego, 2012).
Chance Meets Causality Uptown sounds like the travelogue of a
whirring spacecrafts in a galactic space roamed by hissing nebulae; later
revealing its pounding industrial machinery; then absorbing solar
emissions to power its android operators and its radioactive weapons.
The helicopter rhythm of
(No) Escape From '79 is almost danceable before it sinks into a swamp of jarring drones.
Inside The Analog Continuum is the most reminiscent of the early chaotic
electronic experiments of composers such as
Morton Subotnick: a ping-pong battlefield
of harsh tones and waves of ear-splitting dissonance, glitches turned into
massive horrid bumps, sudden tribal beats, deformed voices, explosions.
The bubbling and pulsing orgasm of A Pedant's Progress peters out
and dies out like a monster machine that ran out of gasoline.
Each of these four futuristic frescoes is driven by the very absence of
narrative frames the same way that abstract painting and free jazz were driven
by the absence of structure, but Edwards, avoiding both
the ferocity of Japanese noisecore and the
gloom and doom of early industrial music, harks back to sci-fi soundtracks
and expressionist anti-classical music of the early electronic era
adding dub and IDM technologies.
Under the moniker Ekoplekz he also released several albums between 2010
and 2012, namely the two volumes of Intrusive Incidentalz, as well
as Devesham Dub (2013).
eMMplekz, the English duo of Nick Edwards and producer Ian Hicks (Baron Mordant),
debuted with IZOD Days (2012). The idea of mixing
spoken-word and spooky laconic soundscapes works only occasionally on
Your Crate Has Changed (Mordant, 2013), notably in
But mostly you must really like their lyrics if you want to enjoy their
You Might Also Like (2014) includes Re Re, a threnody a` la
Ekoplekz, his venture into vintage analogic equipment,
Four Track Mind (Planet Mu, 2014) and
Unfidelity (Planet Mu, 2014),
a throwback to the age of ambient house
Aphex Twin and the likes).
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