Philip Scheffner

Fon

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The first release on the German label Pong, Fon is a 26-minute EP by Philip Scheffner. His approach blends club-oriented techno (drum'n'bass) and sampler-based sound constructions. The result follows Fennesz's footsteps, but the music rocks wildly from one end of the spectrum to the other: "Forecast" and "Teltaal" are bouncing numbers, while "Teltaal #" shows strong electro-acoustic concerns. This nine-minute collage/sound art piece takes the theme exposed in "Teltaal," a manic melody played on a telephone, and develops it into more ambient surroundings, often choosing a completely different agenda. This piece is Fon's highlight. The excerpts from various weather forecasts used as the spine of the first track are interesting, but the idea is anything but new. The whole topic of communications (TV snippets, phone sounds, digital glitches) sounds more like an excuse to tie the album up than a coherent social or artistic commentary. As a result, the listener appreciates the flow of the album (all tracks segue very gracefully) but wonders why this kind of sound source was chosen. All in all Fon makes a convincing debut, not particularly strong or original, but promising.

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