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Electro-Soma

B12 Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Format:Audio CD
B12 released this during the early days of Warp's Artificial Intelligence period, which is kind of the heydey of the "bleep" movement...
The album features lots of traditional techno drum machines and Detroit-ish strings, plus a rather fresh usage of the rhythm section of the JD800 synth. The programming and execution of these tracks is nothing short of astounding.
Nothing really groundbreaking though, but sort of a summation of the British take on clean Detroit style techno with a little Warp flavor thrown in. Warp would continue along different lines than these, with Squarepusher, Aphex Twin and such leading the way into drill and bass territories, but for me this was the best Warp era, and one of the best albums.
Put it on and let yourself drift to some excellent sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute musical genius Jan. 17 2004
By Jay M
Format:Audio CD
One of my all time favourite albums. I won't have a word said against this! Mike Golding and Steve Rutter produced this wonderful album for Warp back in the heyday of electronic music that was 1993.
Full of pristine synths, smooth basslines, spacey atmospherics, efficient beats and Detroit-esque strings and melodies, this album stands as one of the greatest ever electronic releases.
I'm surprised when I hear criticism of this album, some call it 'unimaginative', which I find baffling. To me, it's a very creative album. Golding and Rutter were often criticised, along with another genius Stasis (Steve Pickton), of ripping off the Detroit Techno scene and re-packaging it as their own sound. I think that criticism is highy unfair, there are differences between Detroit Techno and the music that B12 and Stasis are putting out. Sure, there may be an influence there, but that's it, it's just an influence. Stasis, by the way is a good friend of B12 and has worked with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i agree, a classic Nov. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
since usually only a fan of something will bother to write a review, the majority you see on Amazon are positive,- 5 stars. it is however my duty to call any attention i can to this cd. i bought it almost a year ago and there may have been maybe a total of three days i havent listened to it. i own over athousand recordings and theres no other i can say that of.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars B12 = Beautiful to the 12th power June 15 2000
By John Spurling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Put on this CD and "be obsessed." This is electronic music for dimmed or darkened rooms. Equilibrious blend of dreamy atmospherics and quirkiness over old school Detroit techno-house beat patterns. This is a true techno classic, still killer after all these years. Add this one to your collection. Beautiful stuff.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute musical genius Jan. 17 2004
By Jay M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of my all time favourite albums. I won't have a word said against this! Mike Golding and Steve Rutter produced this wonderful album for Warp back in the heyday of electronic music that was 1993.
Full of pristine synths, smooth basslines, spacey atmospherics, efficient beats and Detroit-esque strings and melodies, this album stands as one of the greatest ever electronic releases.
I'm surprised when I hear criticism of this album, some call it 'unimaginative', which I find baffling. To me, it's a very creative album. Golding and Rutter were often criticised, along with another genius Stasis (Steve Pickton), of ripping off the Detroit Techno scene and re-packaging it as their own sound. I think that criticism is highy unfair, there are differences between Detroit Techno and the music that B12 and Stasis are putting out. Sure, there may be an influence there, but that's it, it's just an influence. Stasis, by the way is a good friend of B12 and has worked with them.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing journey June 25 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i own several other discs from the artificial intelligence series and i find myself listening to this one the most. bleepy is perhaps too generic of a word to describe it. every sound on electro soma comes together to create a soothing musical maelstrom. don't try to pick this one apart. b12's use of synth is mind-boggling and their drum programming is masterful. the resulting composition is not random as i find some idm.techno releases; electro soma is machine music with more heart and soul than you could imagine. few albums deserve five stars. i would give this one six if i could.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total classic, more people should have this album. May 25 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
B12 released this during the early days of Warp's Artificial Intelligence period, which is kind of the heydey of the "bleep" movement...
The album features lots of traditional techno drum machines and Detroit-ish strings, plus a rather fresh usage of the rhythm section of the JD800 synth. The programming and execution of these tracks is nothing short of astounding.
Nothing really groundbreaking though, but sort of a summation of the British take on clean Detroit style techno with a little Warp flavor thrown in. Warp would continue along different lines than these, with Squarepusher, Aphex Twin and such leading the way into drill and bass territories, but for me this was the best Warp era, and one of the best albums.
Put it on and let yourself drift to some excellent sounds.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i agree, a classic Nov. 2 2003
By richard hood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
since usually only a fan of something will bother to write a review, the majority you see on Amazon are positive,- 5 stars. it is however my duty to call any attention i can to this cd. i bought it almost a year ago and there may have been maybe a total of three days i havent listened to it. i own over athousand recordings and theres no other i can say that of.
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