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Monday, 29 November 2010

Raster Man Vibration

Bass-bin quaking lounge-noir slowcore electro-funk cinematic-space-dub from Raster Noton’s stealth bomber, Jens Massel, aka Senking. His slow’n’low creepshow sound has been sneaking around some years now, and just put out a tremendous Pong, ostensibly inspired by the early cult video game.

Raster blurb: “SENKING -- PONG -- referring to the classic video game -- is Senking's fifth release on raster-noton, moving its focus on stretched dubstep rhythms. To these slow motion grooves, he adds shredded melodies, sub basses and echoes, which create an atmosphere like an Angelo-Badalamenti-soundtrack known from David Lynch's movies. His electronic sound aesthetic reflects rather an organic texture than a machine made algorithm. In tradition of former dub producers, he generates his tracks while playing, and therefore they appear to be momentary. They are aware of the club, but do not want to serve it. At Berlin's CTM 2010 Senking proofed that PONG can be massive on stage as well.

Some years ago in a review elsewhere of previous release, List, was this: “His deployment of the grumble of analog synth-bass and noir-ish melody snags a semiotic of classic 70s film soundtrack.” Prescient, as it turns out, since a 70s-themed video recently went up on youtube, to which "V8" from Pong, is the retro-fitted soundtrack - starts out quirky (and watch out for ass wobble vs. bass wobble!), but be warned, as gorecore filmscene edit mayhem comes late on (from around 3:38). Whacko!

And a further subtly sinister Pong emanation, "Painbug in My Eye", displays an elliptical blend of Massel’s muscle and sound design chops:

Senking - Painbug In My Eye by ericstein

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