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Review: Aidan Baker - (2005)

artist: Aidan Baker
format: MP3
year of release: 2005
label: Dark Winter
dur­a­tion: 47:55

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Aidan Baker has made quite a name for him­self in the exper­i­mental music scene, with a great many releases over the past years. This Dark Winter net­re­lease is just one of them, but it’s a fine example of his craft. In this case that means one track span­ning 48 minutes of spacy ambi­ent drones based only on gui­tar and bass.

The concept behind this track is very appeal­ing, and the explan­a­tion on the label page is as fol­lows: “Four 24 minute tracks made up of four 24 second samples of two instru­ments.” Using and re-using bits of record­ing, Baker has wel­ded together a massive track that is coher­ent, yet diverse enough to remain inter­est­ing. Through­out the entire track, we basic­ally hear much of the same melod­ies and sounds (only four dif­fer­ent samples were used, after all), and that keeps the struc­ture of the track together. At the same time, manip­u­la­tions and effects, as well as dif­fer­ent con­fig­ur­a­tions of the samples cre­ate a vari­ety in the way the sounds are used. A very math­em­at­ical and refresh­ing approach to cre­at­ing music, to be sure. At the same time, this approach is one of the weak points of the track, because although there is some vari­ation, the whole track sounds quite the same through­out, and is more suit­able for relaxed or back­ground listen­ing than an attent­ive mode, I believe.

All the same, this is a very nice release, and totally free, of course. So, if you were impressed by Baker’s other works, or dig Troum’s music, for example, this is a good one to down­load.

Reviewed by O.S.


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