Reduce by Reducing

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Reduce by Reducing finds the Icelandic group Stilluppsteypa on the extremely experimental end of electronica music. The CD begins with "Please Explain!," a piece that starts with just a pulsing hum, almost like the noise of a geiger counter, and slowly morphs into a hypnotic techno beat that's extremely rapid on the BPMs but very strange as it slowly and constantly changes texture. It's a very minimalist construct, just the pounding electro-pulses pushed beyond human limits in terms of speed, to take full advantage of what electronics are capable of, and a low hum in the background. The rest of the CD stays quite experimental and minimal, though it's not all as successful as "Please Explain!" "The Unhappy Inventor" gets lost in its own quiet ambience, whereas "Moeder in de Wolken" is slightly more interesting, with high-pitched drones contrasted with low-end pulses. The title track is the only other piece to boast anything approaching a rhythm, as some cosmic drones and bubbling electro pops and clicks form the back bed for these very slow but intense beats, which pound like a cannon shot or clap of thunder before they slowly come apart as the piece progresses and mutates. "Dust Farm" closes the disc with a harsher piece of ambient industrial droning.

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