Stephen Moore

Rebahn

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In 2000, Curtis Bahn released a solo CD entitled R!g on the label EMF. His music, made with a "sensor-bass," a modified electric double bass hooked to a computer running interactive audio software, was strange enough. His friends, Stephen Moore and Scott Smallwood, decided to mutate the music one step further and "remix" his material. The cover of ReBahn is a smeared version of the original album artwork and, like the music, it has been rendered unrecognizable except for a general impression of hues. Those who have listened to R!g will recognize a sound palette (although here much polluted by the digital sounds of clicks & cuts) and occasional details, but Bahn's playing in itself has disintegrated. In its place listeners find feverish computer reconstructions in the vein of the Mego crew. Fans of Pita and General Magic will find something to like in these jagged loops and unstoppable swirls. Moore and Smallwood have created 16 short pieces (none cross the five-minute barrier) that act like shards of memory. Their computers' recollection of Bahn's album has been corrupted and the machines have attempted to extrapolate tunes out of the fragments they could remember -- that's what it sounds like. It's twisted but respectful. ReBahn adds nothing to R!g, but it makes for an entertaining exercise in experimental electronica.

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