Review of Occur [12k1013]

Alternative Press (US)

Tiny sounds become an all-encompassing Soundworld.

Taylor Deupree’s ultra-minimal electronic music is similar to the work of Tetsu Inoue (with whom Deupree collaborated on 2000’s shimmering, delicate Active/Freeze) and other microscopic sound artists. Some of Occur’s louder passages, though, wouldn’t seem out of place on Main’s Hz series of EPs from 1995. Deupree creates a soundspace in which the listener is forever concentrating not only on hearing the tiny crunches and high-pitched pings that make up Occur’s nine untitled cuts, but also on determining what’s been drownded out by the ambient noise. This music tests listener perception even as it invites relaxation. – phil freeman

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