Various Artists

Clean [Line]

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Clean finds labelhead Richard Chartier selecting three diverse artists in the microtonal community to meditate on the meaning of the title. While for some listeners/naysayers of the genre the words "microtonal" and "diverse" seem a bit oxymoronic in the same sentence, active listening on the listener's part proves otherwise. Canadian visual artist DUUL_DRV prepares a convincing argument -- gritty, lo-fi textures and liberal use of sub-bass swirled around microscopic fragments of melody -- almost as if it's an unintentional antonym. Japanese sound artist and frequent Raster-Noton contributor/collaborator Nibo is in sharp contrast to DUUL_DRV, applying high-pitched digital noises that make precise incisions on the inner ear if listened to at a high volume on headphones (metaphorically speaking). Finally, the U.K.'s VEND finds a happy textural medium of the two previous artists. While not as raw or bass-heavy as DUUL_DRV, their interpretation retains many of the melodic and sonically floating elements while using tones that would be at home in Nibo's compositions. 12k/Line once again have come up with a winner release that is relevant on multiple levels. And while it's easy to argue the word's relativity to the music, it could be implied that the intention of this disc is to inspire that sort of conversation, which is much more refreshing than a large percentage of electronic music being released.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
5:50
2
4:03
3
4:45
4
3:03
5
4:03
6
8:12
7
3:58
8
2:51
9
1:53
10
4:07
11
4:03
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