Friday, July 17, 2009

2002 : 10 "biographics" by Minamo

I know that the music found on Minamo's album .kgs is made by human beings: they're from Japan, and I think there are four of them. But I like to imagine that the music is instead produced by some very elegant science fiction bauble that hovers near me and produces music that is custom-generated to be in maximum accordance with a very fine-grained model of my aesthetic tastes. You see, I like the sound of guitars, and I like the sound of bells and chimes, and I like repeating minimalist patterns, and I like smooth electronic drones, and I like abrasive noise, and I'm still not sure that human beings—even four very talented human beings from pre-earthquake Japan—can bring these elements together into the seamless, dense, beautiful flow that is basically every Minamo track ever. So, employing the principle of Occam's Razor, I conclude that I must be the lucky beneficiary of future-Earth devices that generate algorithmically-perfect music and then stream it backwards through time. And I'm OK with that.

Jeremy Bushnell

Listen: Minamo >> "biographics"

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