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AllMusic Review by Joslyn Layne

Statics gathers is an excellent sampling of 1995 creations by a variety of modern electronic composers from around the world, including Ryoji Ikeda (who compiled this release), Paul Schütze, Jim O'Rourke, Akira Yamamichi, David Toop, and more. A few of the selections utilize sine waves, which are especially prevalent in Yamamachi's "Phenomenized Soundscapes." A gentler beauty infuses some of the standout compositions, such as O'Rourke's warm, space track, "Sinking Lights in Lambeth," the short version of Alan Lamb's "Beauty," David Toop's heavily panned, yet light "Iron Perm," and the stellar, calm achievement of "Rain," by Andrew Lagowski and Toru Yamanaka.

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