This is the fourth installment in a series of six 7" EPs documenting Steinbrüchel's live work. Like the other volumes, this 45 rpm presents four three-minute live excerpts from two different performances (from January and February 2000). The tracks start and stop abruptly. They are actually chunks of longer pieces. It feels like peeking through the door of the concert hall and coming back later for another taste. Both sides feature Steinbrüchel wrestling digital drones and clicks into complex looped patterns. The two "contacT8" pieces are more interesting: richer and slightly more dynamic, although they remain very abstract cases of laptop sound art. Taken separately, each 7" discloses little information on Steinbrüchel's art, but the series as a whole should speak more about how the music evolves.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture