Monday 18 October 2021

Bite-sized Bits 21

Hedda Sterne - Machine 5 (1950)

Back again with another morsel for Monday. I am actually working on a more traditional longform post (in addition to the other long one that's also on the backburner), but it wasn't going to be finished in time. I have another busy week coming up so I figured I'd do another round or two of these just to get something out. But enough preamble, let's go.

Something from The Flashbulb today - yet another bit from Soundtrack To A Vacant Life. This one always stood out as a bit of an outlier compared to the rest of the album's sound, there are only a couple of tracks that sound like it across the whole thing but then again it is a long album at a hefty 31 tracks. That's not to say it's bad, in fact it was one of these techy, more 'traditional' IDM sounding things that pointed me towards The Flashbulb in the first place - and it's an sound I've been spending a lot of time with recently too. It's a nice little tune, one that I'm happy to have back in rotation as I made the mistake of animating one of my showreels to this one a long time ago, which I have since found is a surefire way to make any song grate on you as you repeat the same 5 seocnd portion looking for mistakes.

Vacant Life is a great starting point if you're new to The Flashbulb, it's not super experimental as far as releases in the IDM world go - and while it is long, Benn Jordan does a fantastic job of weaving it together into one big experience: the opening salvo of Prelude into Kirlian Voyager is brilliantly done and reallt effectlievly establishes the whole album. That'll be all for now, I'll be back soon with more but until then, as always - stay safe and enjoy the music.


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