The techno king shows that the rubbery, hollow timbre of the preset MIDI piano that is so dear to Black MIDI has a context in which it can really work.
3. DJ Sprinkles: "Bassline .89" (Clip)
Let's get to the real thang, sucka'...
4. Harddisko Orchestra: "Schikaneder Titel 24 1"
So much of what I found beautiful about Black MIDI involved the moment when a system was pushed to overload. What about the harddrives themselves?
If you're interested in solid-black sheet music and technology, listen no further than the master of tone clusters on a Crumar Mainman organ & drumbox.
Before Black MIDI's 21-million notes there was the 21-million neuron frying work of Sorabji's symphonic thought. GLBTQ composer solidarity!
The godfather of circuit-bending believed that the eventual decay and overload of the circuits in his instruments were a part of the natural life-cycle of their tonal possibilities. It's evident to me that the same holds for Black MIDI's moments of "error."
8. Drumming from Ghana "Adjagbeko" (fast)
9. BEATZAKAPOUND4POUND from Juke That Vol 1
Now that we're getting down into it - how 160bpm paino ought to sound.
10. ThaCrackCaponeDjRoc: "Glitch"
Any future where more people are making music that sounds like it comes from the Southside of Chicago as much as from the Mille Plateaux back-catalog is a good future.
The masters of maximalism.
12. Florian Hecker: "Piste 6 & 8" from Acid in the Style of David Tudor
Although there's not any black metal explicitly on this mixtape, KSV-founder Tom Smith goes a few steps beyond 'hitting the mark' with his perfectly heady détournement.
From here... havoc & ecstasy...
14. Isaac Linder: "The Tamburas of Pandit Pran Nath 1 08 20 9 24" from La Monte Young
15. Isaac Linder: "ManfredWerder.wav" (Unreleased)
16. Excerpt of Auroral Chorus
Proposals for Wavelength can be sent to emma[dot]hazen[at]rhizome.org