Pei

Ipatti: Tomorrow Will Take Care of Itself

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Composed for the most part during a residency in Sydney, Australia, Ipatti is a dizzying kaleidoscope of experimental electronica. PEI (a woman from Taipei hides behind that pseudonym) has produced 23 cuts ranging from only a few seconds up to nine minutes and encompassing everything from microsound to digital noise. No esthetic rule but computer music, no particular intention outside creativity. There is nothing here reinventing the virtual wheel, but the fact that PEI successfully handles so many musical forms that well (crossing a few of them in unusual ways too) commands respect. Despite the variety that can send a listener in disarray, the album works out very well, thanks to audacious pacing -- take for instance the maximalist noise/minimalist glitch of tracks 12 ("When Tonic and Burst Try to Make a Volcano") and 13 ("In Peak Random"). A highlight is found in "lum-s o f" (don't you just love these evocative titles?), a full-scale avant-garde audio drama condensed into a few minutes. Often the music of PEI evokes the roasters of Raster-Noton and Mego, leaning toward the glitch esthetics of the former and the humor of the latter (humor that can turn into hoax, as in "ggg"). If you're looking for experimental electronica to really scratch your head to, you found it.