Basically, "Ström" is a 48-minute bass tone. It may sound static at first, but slowly modulations appear and later on other sound events are grafted on it: other buzzes, glitch particles, looped digital samples. It creates a crackling shroud of sounds that will please only the most seasoned experimental electronica fans. But the point here is not to "please." The listener's reaction will depend greatly on his/her mood at the time and on the conditions under which the listening takes place. The humming sound can be perceived as calming or utterly unnerving to the point of being unable to continue. As abstract, minimal, and (face it) boring as this sounds, it is not. The last few minutes feature really interesting textures and the whole piece has an uncanny electrical quality that places the listener at the heart of a power plant in the dead of night. Ström can be translated to "river," "stream," but also "electrical current." The artistic intention is completely fulfilled. Devotees of Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai, and other minimalists of the digital age will appreciate both the effort and the result. Others will most probably hit the stop button before the end.
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