A horrible hack

Stephen Christopher Stamper

Begin Anywhere

Year Released: 2012
Format: CD
Label: Runningonair Music
Reviewed by Captain Fidanza on May 13, 2012
Excellent, another album from Runningonair Music and something of a return to what I have come to expect from them. My heart was already racing when I read on the press release, the artist expressing an interest in both “algorithmic composition” and “Karplus-Strong string synthesis” but when the music started buzzing out of the speakers, the beat of my heart moved up a gear.

There will never be words in the English language to adequately express the joy I feel at the fact people like Stephen Christopher Stamper are making music and someone is taking the time to release it. Twenty years ago, people like Stephen would have been bullied to the point of autism and might never have had the confidence to create something as beautifully quixotic as this, but now, the weird science people of yesteryear are finding their way out of the laboratories and releasing skeletal electronica on boutique labels. Capital, capital.

I won't even try to describe the music on here as it's not possible. I'll make a couple of clumsy comparisons but they don't really come close to elucidating the restrained majesty of this release.

Bits of it sound a little like the song “Phase 3: Agni Detonating Over the Thar Desert” from the album “Thrones and Dominions” by Earth.
Other bits sound like the album “94 Diskont” by Oval.

The rest you will have to find out for yourself.

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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