With his #/TAU project, Boris D. Hegenbart proposes a different take on the old idea of "giving electronic music a human feel." 12 of the 13 tracks consist of bits of conversations stolen from everyday encounters. They have been cut up, reassembled, processed, and embedded in abstract electronic compositions. The album can be approached from an experimental electronica perspective, but it yields more interesting results if seen as a new form of text-sound poetry combined with field recording and put into an electronic setting. Each track presents a new character, a new sound palette, a new fragment of life, often genuinely trivial, sometimes slightly absurd (Dju determined to make music by tapping his pack of Spearmint gum in the title track). Urban sounds blend in with electronic textures and manipulated voices to create a new landscape that has something of the frenzy of Tokyo. [somethingmovinginsideplasticbox] often brings a smile to your face, because the people Hegenbart records are friendly and caught in intimate settings, but the music itself remains rather cold and confusing. It stretches everywhere at once, showing a certain attraction toward dance music without ever succumbing to the beat for more than a fleeting second. It also occasionally leans toward the ample gestures of academic electro-acoustics (the Ina-GRM group), and the magnifying techniques of lowercase sound art. But most of all, it relies on sound collage and its power to blow a listener's concentration to smithereens. It is this tug of war between the coalescing effect of the voices and the splintering effect of the electronics that give smip its unusual momentum -- and make it recommendable to serious listeners only.
AllMusic Review by François Couture