Arrange and Process Basic..... Import
Scion (Pete Kuschnereit aka Substance and Rene Löwe aka Vainqueur) have arranged and reworked back-catalog tracks from Basic Channel (Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus) with the help of Ableton's "LIVE" audio software.
The selection is focused on the more clubby tracks of the BC projects: Cyrus (Enforcement, Recall, Inversion), Phylyps (Trak I, Trak II), Quadrant (Q 1.1, Infinition) and Octagon/Octaedre. Also included is the basic reshape' of Carl Craigs Paperclip People classics "The Climax" and "Remake" and other atmospheric tracks as found on the Basic Channel CD. Most of the tracks were previously only available on vinyl 12-inches.
The result is not a simple mix-CD or compilation, but the connection of new software possibilities combined with Scion's experience as DJ's and live act.
I love maurizio, his and mark's music is some of the most beautiful and sublime music ever made, this cd is wrong town!, dont buy it, get the originals and enjoy them in their entirity instead.
the mix is messy and far to busy for such minimal music, and he seems to make the music sound like rave doof, which is so far away from what the origanals sound like.
also check out mauurizio's, burial mix and rhythm and sound release's
Utilizing innovative mixing software, Scion work at an interface between dj mixing and studio remixing. Richie Hawtin took a similar approach on his excellent"DE9" disc, but this album is more subtle, integrated, and patiently developed. This is fitting for a mix of Basic Channel tracks: the label's aesthetic stresses nuance. Deep bass wells push your speakers, while swirls of melancholy sonic mist rhythmically whip over the buried but reverberent metallic percussion, grooves riding along at a fairly even clip. Rather than dropping in at full volume, loops fade in and out, becoming more prominent with each surge, but never overpowering the singular flow of the overall mix. With a mix that highlights both the paradoxically fuzzy grooves of steel and subtle iconoclasm that are Basic Channel's legacy to underground dance music, Scion have weaved the essence of German art techno into smooth, hazy ride through the streets of Berlin at night.
Track 1 is one of the most sublime pieces of techno ever produced, and the rest seems almost insignificant in comparison, even though it is also superb. Some tracks seem a bit cluttered, opposing the minimalism of the originals. However, this in some ways emulate a live mix at a dance event, so it seems perfectly natural to have a bit of pace and a full soundscape.
Basic Channel was the frontier to which techno was pushed at the middle of the 90s. Their marriage of dub and techno was so complete that it took almost ten years before anyone managed to take this type of music further; I believe it has only been done by Fluxion, Deepchord and Octex.
I also recommend Rene & Peter's solo works as Vainqueur and Substance. Vainqueur's "Elevations" and Substance's "Session Elements" are some of Chain Reaction's best releases.