In anticipation and commemoration of the start of the 21st century, German sister labels Rastermusic and Noton launched the magazine-like 20 To 2000 series. Between January and December of 1999, the labels released a monthly 20 To 2000 "volume"--a limited, specially packaged three-inch CD featuring 20 minutes of exclusive minimal electronic music. 20 To 2000 participants represent the international elite of microsound artists, and each volume is intended as a unique impression of the last 20 minutes of 1999.
Senking is Jens Massel, co-founder of Cologne, Germany's tiny but terrific Karaoke Kalk label. Massel's two-track entry scatters patterns of pebble-like beats across a shallow pool of dub-tinged techno. The resultant ripples of pinging sound and reflected rhythm play off a powerfully echoic low-end, simulating the ageless trance effect of the didgeridoo and the primordial throb of life itself. Senking's parting glimpse of the year 2000 seems to predict the imminent return of spiritual consciousness to our technocratic material world. As such, Massel's 20 To 2000 contribution stands out as the series' most hopeful and uplifting moment.