The Hamburg-based electronica artist Mikron 64 delivered his first effort, an EP titled sys 49152, in late 1999. The six tracks feature very basic, ultra-simple electronic pop music that sounds like it was produced with early-'80s gear. Each keyboard patch delivers a mechanical line, often monophonic, made of only a few notes, repeated over one or two bars. After a few iterations another track is added, just as simple and repetitive, and so on. This process creates non-linear (since the arrangements develop over time) repetitive songs. Vocals (in German) are delivered by a computerized voice. The result lies somewhere between Kraftwerk, German new wave dance music (especially "WGZ"), and an old Atari video game with computer vocals. The naivete underpinning some of the songs ("Sonnenuntergang," "Etwas Zeit") sharply contrasts with the coldness of the finished product. The idea is interesting, but the result remains limited in its possibilities.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture