ARC Vs. Tiny Objects in Space

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Predating the highly successful Clicks + Cuts series by several years, New York electronic artist Taylor Deupee teams with Savvas Ysatis on this limited-edition collection of ultra-minimal techno experiments. The first five tracks, credited to Arc, are products of Deupee and Ysatis' collaboration, while the final five were produced by Deupee alone. However, the music within can be more neatly divided into two categories: completed dance cuts and more challenging loop experiments. The opener, "Bug," is a synthetic dub tempo exercise, not rhythmically unlike releases on the German Profan label, only replacing the deep bass tones with harsher electronic timbres. "516" also engages similar tonal ideas, but in a more straightforward house context, while "Tetris" sounds like one of Jeff Mills' loop-based workouts, but stripped of all the thrusting kick beneath. The remainder of the pieces are more experimental, sounding like collections of computer tones aimlessly floating in space, awaiting more substantial elements to make them complete. Richie Hawtin once described minimalism as the balance between what is needed and what isn't. In several of these cases, the tunes are stripped too far, leaving some great ideas unapplied.

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