Clock DVA

Transitional Voices

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Transitional Voices is a quickie live album from Adi Newton's Clock DVA project. How much of the material is truly live is up for grabs with heavily sequenced music like this, but there are enough flourishes and frills that the essence of a live performance is almost assured. So then why a live album from Clock DVA, as the music they produce is so reliant on sequencing? Had Transitional Voices been released in a timely fashion after being recorded in May 1990, it could have provided a teaser of material that would surface on Man-Amplified and Buried Dreams. But with it being released after both of those albums had hit the shelves, the value comes from the variations between these poorly recorded live versions and their completed, fully produced studio equivalents. "Sound Mirror" appears here in a nascent version of what would appear on Buried Dreams, with a vastly different bassline and a different bridge than the final studio version. Others for the most part are very similar, especially the icy filter sweeps and unremitting electro-bass pulse of "N.Y.C. Overload." Probably the last release from Clock DVA to pick up, because the low fidelity of the recording at times masks the stunning electronic programming that this group is known for.