It’s autumn, which means that leaves drop freely, as do new tracks in Monolake‘s ongoing “Track of the Month” series, which was on hold for much of the summer. Up currently is a 10-minute burbling of elemental techno titled “Monolake Motion Blur.” He writes in a brief explanatory note: “The material is mostly created with my Synclavier II, edited and sequenzed in Ableton Live. I believe the original version from 2004 was the result of a collaborative effort of Torsten ‘T++’ Proefrock and me, so he deserves credit here too.”
The piece will serve different purposes for different listeners — as a thorough evocation of Ableton Live, the software that Monolake (aka Robert Henke) helps program; as a languorous expanse of rhythmically succinct lounge music; as a multi-dimensional exercise in the audio equivalent of virtual reality.
As for me, I think what’s most remarkable about the track is how it reconciles a beat that is unimpeachable in its mechanical precision with sounds that suggest gears splaying, falling apart and phasing out of sync.
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