Various Artists

Tape10

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It's another concept compilation, this time from Mathias Schaffhäuser's Ware. However, it's just as much from a Frankfurt-based photography gallery called Tape 10. The concept: The gallery's operators had ten photographers contribute large-format photos (the smallest is 180 cm x 180 cm), and then they assigned each photo to a music producer for interpretation. Each photo is numbered catalog-style, like a record label; the tracks contributed for each photo run in corresponding order on the disc, and each track is named after the photo being covered. So, Tape 10 functions as a catalog and a disc of music. Since the ambient electronic music regularly made by these producers is suited for this type of thing to begin with -- this is definitely home-listening material, and not intended for the dancefloor -- not much of an adjustment had to be made on their part. Adrian Bischoff's "Markthalle," a beautiful nighttime photo taken from the parking lot of what's presumably a market hall, is soundtracked (for lack of a better term) by Markus Guentner, whose simultaneously eerie and calming production complements the clean, green-toned scene. "Propeller," a skyward picture taken by Frank Hülsbömer, centers on another parking lot's lighting structure -- the bulbs are positioned in a way that gives the appearance of a helicopter's propeller -- and is shot in such a manner that both sides of the adjacent building are pointing inward. Benjamin Brunn provides the music, a track full of somber chords and stiff squelching effects. None of the producers here are in top form (others include Losoul, Decomposed Subsonic, Laub, Jeremy P. Caulfield, and Geoff White), but one doesn't need the booklet in order to enjoy the tracks.

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