Set On

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The first thing you notice about this album is its weight! Instead of a jewel box, the CD is packaged between two rough stone tiles -- suitable for an album of electronic music sourced from stones. Struck or brushed, big or small, the sounds they make have been processed into percussive beeps and thin drones. The album is comprised of two extended compositions, 25 and 35 minutes long. Those of you already in touch with Akifumi Nakajima's work are probably expecting a much harsher kind of noise than what Set On actually delivers. The artist left his high-pitched tones and distorted feedbacks behind to produce pieces that ally the kind of sound constructions usually associated with musique concrète and a minimal techno attitude. "Set On" is an abstract piece moving back and forth between periods of activity and calm. Using few layers and occasional looped percussive sounds, the piece unfolds slowly and mysteriously. "No Set" begins in a similar way, building up to a louder but carefully controlled climax about halfway through, followed by near silence -- only a faint low hum remains. Then, Aube builds up a beat; not a looped rhythm that conveys a sense of repetition as in the first piece, but an intricate, multi-layered percussion piece that borrows the reverb of minimal dub to create a hypnotic tribal jam of stones. It is well done, surprising, and in the end more readily palatable than anything else you may hear from Aube.

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