Network Glass – Vault [CD]

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Network Glass – Vault [CD]

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Label: Hologram Label

Year: 2016

Format: CD

Network Glass is a pretty far cry from the Earth Crown set I saw nearly a decade ago, and while I haven’t taken a full inventory of all Daniel La Porte’s activities since then, it seems like he simultaneously managed to hone his brainier computer chops and avoid a possibly regrettable entry into the homogeneous noise-cum-techno gold rush. Not to say that the laboratory/art gallery vibe of his current project is smarter or better by default, but growth is always an admirable trait—although, I wouldn’t be surprised if the man was crafting this material in the same exhumed, peasant garb I saw back then. The primary through line is the focus on physicality; while previous endeavors may have been a more full-body affair, Network Glass goes straight into the ears, touching parts of the brain and cranial structure that are hard to scratch—you know, Amacher, Toshimaru Nakamura style. On Vault, La Porte grates up and mandolins a haul of clean, narrow beams of neuron-zapping synthesis and mic’d abstractions, then plates ‘em up on a shiny, reflective surface in geometric arrangements. Frequencies tend to occupy the more extreme ranges, and keep a safe distance from one another so the listener gets an unobstructed hit. Audio that’s not purely electronic is mostly unrecognizable in it’s processed state, either washed in the same chemical Risset used to blur the line between real and synthetic audio on Sud, or reduced to fragmented spikes to trigger resonances. As a skillful construction of a contained, raw audio environment, Vault leave the door open for the listener to drop in and out at any point, free to receive the same aural acupuncture at any time.

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full color digipack in an edition of 300 copies