Naw

Gibberish

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Naw (aka Montrealer Neil Wiernik) contributed the eighth volume in Piehead's 2002 series of limited-edition CDR albums. Among the label's most dancefloor-friendly releases (together with those by Vague Terrain Recordings and Multiplex), Gibberish serves up a generous slice of bouncy minimal techno with dub and experimental temptations. In the course of these 70 minutes, one actually wishes Wiernik would succumb to them once in a while, as it would spice things up. As it is, Gibberish offers its share of interesting moments ("Sksma," the two versions of "Swato"), but also a number of overlong repetitions. The biggest offender is "Ump," a self-indulgent track over 11 minutes long -- and the problem is not duration ("Swato, v 1.2" matches it) but a lack of movement in the piece. Wiernik used only two Max patches to produce the whole album. Sure it limits the sound palette to an extent, but it turns out to be the music's strongest asset: He squeezed every possibility out of these patches, his creativity running wild within such strict parameters. Yet the album would have gained from a cut down to 55 minutes or so. This long, it becomes too monotonous for its own good. That said, lovers of the minimal/experimental techno scenes will find interesting wizardry at work.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
Naw
7:25
2
Naw
8:10
3
Naw
5:40
4
Naw
6:09
5
Naw
8:28
6
Naw
11:18
7
Naw
10:50
8
Naw
6:23
9
Naw
5:55
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