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Monotonprodukt 02 reissue announced

25th of August 2014, 17:25

 

« Although Monoton dried up in 1992, its entire output consisting of a handful of mini-albums and limited-run EPs, its minimalist electronica appears increasingly ahead of its time. The sole work of Austria's Konrad Becker, it was a key influence on the brand of Eurotronica found on labels from Kompakt to Mego. Becker began hooking up analogue rhythm boxes and tone generators in late '70s Vienna, churning out a terse music of bleeps, pings and subsonic pulses, all plunged in tape delay and reverb. Blau — originally titled Monotonprodukt 02 — was Monoton's first release from 1980.

 

The buzzing machines often sound strained to their limits, yet the overall mood is sombre, a palette of greys and umbers punctuated by Becker's incoherent murmurs. “Dubwise” is a spooky premonition of Rhythm and Sound's Germanic reggae. Muffled steel drums resound around “Wirklichkeit,” while “Teil 2″ is seared with a violin drone. Even after 28 years Monoton's unearthly, steely beauty is preserved intact. » 

Rob Young

 

This classic album is now reissued for the first time ever and original copies exchange for $200 nowadays. 

 

 

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