First things first – American artist Transient’s ‘Over The River And Through The Woods‘ on the One netlabel was probably our favorite netlabel release of 2004 – gorgeous laidback electronics that deserve approximately a million listens. And, since we loved the ‘Ancient EP‘ he put out on Monotonik a couple of years back, we asked him nicely for an exclusive new EP for us. So he delivered, and now we have the beautifully mixed-up melodics of the puntastically titled ‘Be EP’.
Starting out, we have ‘Ice’, a great stepping-off point for the experience, with pin-sharp percussion and dreamy melodies firmly to the fore. Then we get gratifyingly choppy, with ‘Pinocchio Jazzhands’ a strutting, funky electronic melange. A brief pause, with ‘Treelighting Ceremony…’ and its constant ambient waves, and ‘The Triumphant Return Of The Vigorous Chipmunk’ blasts up a continuation of a theme on Transient’s last Monotonik EP with aplomb. Finally, ‘Ace’ provides a counterpoint for ‘Ice’ and ends things off in style, all pulsing, almost Steve Reich-tinged swirling, repeating melodies with strange, wondrous complexity – marvellous.
Another great contribution to “netlabel scene” from Transient.
He brings the electronic sound to his basical origins, up to find again the native waveform..
this work, therefore, moves the attention on the structures of the sequences and on the composition, in combining with the effect of the pure sounds..
waveform e.p. made entirely with the Bhajis Loops software and constructed from only raw waveforms (sine, saw, tri, square) and a few of the GM soundbanks included with the program.
Released as mp3 in 2005 on laverna.
Entire Release : .ZIP
‘Believe the Calm’ is a mixed bag of electronic twiddling.
U.S. veteran idm artist Transient is practically an old hand at Monotonik releases now, since this is his third for the label, quite apart from some stunning EPs and albums for netlabels like One and his own Noisy Vagabond Recordings.
And ‘Work/Play EP’ is a wonderful, aptly named split album, since it was composed both on work breaks with a Palm handheld (the ‘Work’ half) and at home using Impulse Tracker (the ‘Play’ half), and both halves show inspired mastery of melody, vocoded vocals, and bleep idm.
Starting with the ‘Work’ half, ‘Direct’ is tremendously smart idmpop, happily proclaiming that ‘the things you desire will destroy you’. Other highlights of the ‘Work’ side include the loping, considered ‘I’m Going To Explode’, as well as the witty ‘Trashybin’. As for ‘Play’, it’s more clipped, and almost more retro, but just as lovable, with ‘Toasted’ sounding almost like it’s being played backward, and ‘Chip Ship’ layering on layers and layers of layers, before ‘Play’ slides and slithers around melodic wavelenghts that make us all happy to be alive. It’s more transforming transience from Transient, and we thank him profusely.
Release as mp3 in 2005 on monotonik.
Prolific and seriously deep idm & downtempo dude Transient drops another one for tbtmo of Philadelphia, his former homebase that’s still got a lotta love for him. Moments In Slow Motion is a full on, filled out mental and emotional seven track ep of killer quality. Again.
Released in 2005 as an mp3 download from tbtmo.