Tuesday, 31 January 2012

GenComp 98-06

Dave Noyze : Generative Compositions 1998 - 2006
Out on Cataclyst (Clyst001)

Generative Compositions 1998-2006 is an exploration of unknowable determinism in music. Konrad Zuse proposed the concept of the universe as a type of computer that he termed “Calculating Space”. Here Zuse poses the controversial question : “Is nature digital, analog or hybrid?” Ed Fredkin, is convinced that the universe is digital (grainy) and has developed his own “Digital Philosophy” termed Finite Nature. Fredkin believes that the digital mechanics of the universe is much like a Cellular Automata (CA), deterministic in nature but computed with unknowable determinism. Space and time in this view are discrete quantities, everything is assumed to be grainy. These cellular spaces are discrete digital universes which have their own pseudo-physical laws. CA can produce a myriad of different behaviours from ordered, through complex to chaotic and are often considered as infinte in size, although in practice they must be “wrapped” at the edges to achieve a conceptual infinity : finite but unbounded. The vast behaviour space of CA quickly transcends the limits of human perception.

Produced by Garry Bradbury & Dave Noyze

Additional fiddling on Acorn, Shaven & Smell/The Doors of Reception, & Unknowable Determinism in Music by Bradbury

Here is the review from Norman Records (+ they gave it album of the week back in Feb 2008 when it came out!) -->

FOUR STARS: This record left our Brian feeling happy.

Right. What i want to finish the day is a crazed CD of intense electronics, warped classical pieces & general ear-shredding sonic cacophony. Dave Noyze, currently residing down under in Oz (He's getting booted out by immigration on the day of this release!), is a generative artist & scientist producing electronic sounds since the late 70s. His music is a bizarre, yet compelling journey investigating the outer realms of music generated on ancient & contemporary machines. You can one minute get screeing white noise, another, disorientating chinese water style madness, mixed with archive samples & feedback. Now I'm feeling frantic Venetian Snares-esque digital electro gabber that sounds like I-F in a blender. An "ambient" piece follows, sounding like the alternative soundtrack to Pan's Labyrinth, a lip biting hyper-trip in a ghost sleigh through a haunted forest full of Juddermen sporting bagpipes & moths full of pointy teeth. Eerie! More stuttering metal machine music follows sporting some obscure eastern European sourced library sample or other. This is breakcore before breakcore knew it's identity. Algorythmic aggro in space!. He's bouncing off the satellites here. 'Generative Compositions 1998-2006' is a fine collection of brilliantly produced & fascinating outsider electronics from a man who's built equipment for Aphex Twin amongst others, so we're talking a real prodigy here. The album features several colleberations with Garry Bradbury who was a member of australian electronic music pioneers Severed Heads.There are moments that are similar to the more fucked up Team Doyobi stuff and moments of spooky melody amongst the noisier shards, one tune like a treehouse full of cooing cyborg hens trapped in a maze of blooping circuitry. As ground breaking as early Art of Noise in their day is some of this ear deceiving gear. And up there with some of the more revered Jap noiselords. Normally, some sections could get on my nerves if i had it as background music. But you really need to let yourself be absorbed in the melee, for the possibilities here are just as alarming as the latest Autechre album, another recent feat of electronic progress. So here you have it!