rene hell / three legged race Violin Petal (Auden) / Whipped Secrets (LP, £14.50)label: Arbor
Rene Hell and Robert Beatty's Three Legged Race investigate the space where classically outsider musical forms begin to intersect with more popular ones. Taking cues from science fiction and early electronic / tape music and translating them through the lens of minimal techno and the personal logic of bedroom recording; both creating something unclassifiable in its hybrid form. Rene Hell's four part suite Violin Petal (Auden) follows his album on Type with its distinct form of digital synthesis and future-concrète; cyclic music expanding and contracting throughout a cybernetic space. The confusion of communication, control source unknown. Signals crossed along a technological drift. Three Legged Race presents a three part suite. Investigating herein an application of early automatic synthesiser music manipulated into linear form based song structure. Developing softly, the first movement sounds like a loner folk recording from a distant future time; complete with vocals, staring sad-eyed across an open expanse, contemplating the state of things. Slowly, this form unravels into a more abstract and automatic-based territory; rhythmic and melodic staccato signals possessed with an almost intelligent logic of their own. Communication shifts from the man to his machine. In an edition of 400 copies with glossy jackets featuring images by each artist and printed inner sleeves and centre labels designed by Jeff Witscher.
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