Ian Boddy

The Uncertainty Principle

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This 1993 release of ambient electronica mixes up-to-the-minute digital processing with passages of '80s-style sequenced beats (which, on the early Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark-sounding "Space Cadet," are just enough past their expiration date that they sound kind of endearingly retro-kitsch instead of merely behind the curve) and some groovy old-fashioned Krautrock-style analog electronics (particularly on the three-part title track). Taken as a whole, the album rather falls between two stools: it's too melodic and beat-driven to be new age-ish meditation music, but next to the likes of the Orb, it sounds downright dainty. However, taken on its own merits, The Uncertainty Principle is charming, occasionally fascinating modern electronic music. The primary highlight is the slowly unfolding "Beyond the Event Horizon," which mixes dreamy synthesizers with mysterious found-sound tapes and sections of processed vocals that recall early Pink Floyd.

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