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IN STOCK
ARTIST
TITLE
Dersu
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
MARIONETT 004EP MARIONETT 004EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/1/2017

"Marionette wanders through the polyrhythms and shifting harmonics of Benjamin Kilchhofer's Dersu. This is an expedition into modular synthesis and physical modelling, where patches become complex instruments, and the instruments become music. Kilchhofer composes the 4th Marionette instalment, enveloped in a film of spring reverb and tube distortion."

Philip Sherburne on "Bittern": "Like all of the tracks on his new mini-album for Toronto's Marionette label, Benjamin Kilchhofer's 'Bittern' blurs the line between synthesis, rhythm, and environmental sound. At its core is a hypnotic drum pattern, resonant and wood-grained but also eerily exact, like a drum circle located deep in the uncanny valley. Rhythmic figures compete for possession of the downbeat; the nature of the pulse is largely a question of perception, as rippling refrains circle each other like the strands of a double helix, perpetually stepping on each other's toes. The sense of wandering through an ingeniously designed digital simulation is heightened by the sound effects that drift through the space of the track: laughing voices, syncopated claps, splashing water, the metal creak of what might be a swingset. You imagine a children's playground in a jungle clearing -- or a biodome. The sense of freedom is a direct result of how the music was constructed, with Kilchhofer programming complicated patches on his modular synthesizers, generating music that morphed and mutated as if of its own accord. The goal, says Marionette founder Ali Safi, was to create 'a living system which breathes and evolves.' With virtual environments like his, who needs holodecks?"