Review of After [12k1017]

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Taylor Deupree’s increasingly influential and significant 12k imprint has gained international attention among laptop and improvisational electronic musicians. This startling record brings together Deupree’s colleague and frequent collaborator Richard Chartier and stellar artist Kim Cascone, whose music and writing are, in effect, ground zero for the improv laptop scene. This collaboration sees the three playing live at the Micro_Mutek 2 festival in 2001 on the opening track, which spans more than 21 minutes. The talent evident here is the turning away from the simplicities of the all too common DSP techniques used by so many laptoppers. Instead, the threesome opts for more architectonic movements, as subtle and quiet as the movement of glaciers. [TH]

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