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This EP draws from across Brainwaltzera's enviable discography, including reinterpretations of recordings featured on the recently released "Polyana" album, which received plenty of love here at Piccadilly. Andrea Noce aka Eva Geist takes on Kurzweil Dame. Gently shifting the work from its 4x4 rhythm to a decidedly eccentric half time dub pulse, the Fleeting Wax affiliate augments the reductivist drums of the original with her own snappy perc hits, eeking out a new, beautifully arcane energy from the source material. Newcomer Ignazz arrives with little more than a handful of Soundcloud uploads to his name. The producer flips "Marzipan" to great effect - transforming the original from blissed out IDM into a classic electro cut with considerable poise. Luke Vibert and newcomer Guavid turn to Brainwaltzera's "Aescoba EP" for their picks, both choosing to rework "10_muddy_puddle Trot", a choice cut from the artist's recent discography. On his reimagining, the AFX co-conspirator holds on to the original hook - but loses the classic break that arrives in the latter part of the EP, opting for caustic zaps and a driven, high energy drum machine rhythm to buoy up the piece, while Guavid draws for straight dancefloor science - injecting a heavy dose of funk into the package, pitting bleeping acid lines against characteristically emotive pad work. Philipp Otterbach closes proceedings with a blissed out proto-ambient rework of "Triangulate Dither" - a heady techno cut from the LP. Focusing on the more atmospheric facets of the original, Otterbach presents an extended and wonderfully psychedelic reimagining of one of Brainwaltzera's more direct recordings. Ace.

The anonymous producer, whose work has has already received online approval from legendary british IDM auteur Aphex Twin, offers up his debut album. Brainwaltzera’s debut LP “Poly-ana" follows quickly on the heels of the producer’s Aescoba EP - also released this year via FILM (Steve Reich/Terry Riley/Grandbrothers) Across thirteen tracks of both previously released material and fresh excursions into the artist’s world, Brainwaltzera explores sounds ranging from luscious, downtempo grooves and expertly reduced braindance cuts with nods to early 90’s experimental IDM to harder, more caustic outings - all bound together by a recurring theme of otherworldly ambience.

Taking its name from a variety of sources dear to the artist, including polyphonic analogue synthesizers and the Pollyanna Principle itself - a theory that suggests individuals recall pleasurable experience more acutely than displeasing ones - the title represents a meeting point in the artistic process between creative method and conceptual choices. Production techniques range from more traditional hardware synthesis to the incorporation of a modified dot matrix printer acting as a modulation source for MIDI parameters.

Sample sources include VHS material from the producer’s own childhood and ambient Bullet Train samples from an on-the-fly production session traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto. According to the enigmatic producer, memory and its fundamental role in the human experience is one of the central themes of the record. While the artist's own experiences shaped the sound of the record, there is no attempt to impose them on the listener through blatant exposition. This is also evident in the artwork, which provides an identity and bold referential outline but, much like a coloring book, leaves the colors, tones and shades to others. In the same vein, the concept suggests that particular stimuli such as sound or scent, can transport an individual back to a particular point in their life. Scent has long been identified as the most efficient agent for this phenomenon, providing perhaps the most visceral form of "braintravel".




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Barry says: Who is it? We really don't know, and it doesn't really matter. We know what it sounds like and trust me, that is enough. Influenced by classic braindance as much as woozy twisted tape and 80's wavetable synths as much as powerful mono beasts. Unbelievable percussive patterns, woven through a finely created mesh of fizzing oscillators and resonant filters abound. If you like AFX, or anything on warp, or any music really... this one's for you.


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