The MIMEO (Music in Movement Electronic Orchestra) was invited in December 1998 in order to participate to the Jack Pohl Presents... festival in Cologne. The all-star experimental electronics ensemble, apart from giving three concerts in three days, recorded two non-public sessions. From the seven hours of recorded material, two members of the MIMEO, Marcus Schmickler and Rafael Toral, each edited one disc, respectively titled "Electric Chair" and "Electric Table." Schmickler split his CD into five untitled tracks while Toral kept his as one continuous 70-minute piece.
The caliber of the musicians involved acts as a guarantee of this album's quality. Having creative people such as Phil Durrant, Christian Fennesz, Cor Fuhler, Thomas Lehn, and Keith Rowe improvise together is sure to provide a winning end result. Of course, not everyone will be able to digest over two hours of burbling analog electronics, computer-treated instruments, tabletop guitar, and amplified metal objects. Just take it slowly, one disc at a time. Although there are 12 improvisers at work, the music amazingly remains under control and often at low volume. The musicians listen to each other and act as one entity. There are some short uninspired passages, but they only make the better parts stand out. A must for fans of experimental electronics and electronically-derived free improvisation.