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ARTIST
TITLE
Spectra
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
TRAUM 013CD TRAUM 013CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/4/2003

"Usually associated with light, 'Spectra' can also refer to a collection of sound frequencies, so both bases are covered here, with sound by Process and light with Yvette Klein's video. Spectra is the second album by the English artist Steve Barnes on the Cologne based label Traum. Rhythmically the tracks are mid-tempo techno in form, still minimal in nature, with added spacious atmospheres and melodic moments. A nod in the direction of early '90s techno and electronica with an appreciation for Chicago and Detroit innovators like Carl Craig, Larry Heard and Richie Hawtin. As well as British and European influences like Maurizio, Monolake and To Rococo Rot are present with the contemporary Process approach. The sound of Spectra has changed from his previous albums Shape Space on Fat Cat and Pattern Recognition on Traum, sound-wise to his 'Surface/Fiction' 12", which marks a cornerstone in his career. Creating a stir among DJs such as Richie Hawtin, Riccardo Villalobos, Sven Väth and many others, it announced the beginning of a new aesthetic. But certainly the essential idea of his music continues onwards, that sound can create spacious, self-contained environments, something you can immerse yourself in. Spectra features electronic tracks as well as dance tracks, including a Quicktime animation video of 'Room.'"