Main has always been an exercise in minimalism, and Transiency continues the exercise in a most clinical fashion. Robert Hampson, formerly of drone rockers Loop, appears to have completely forsaken the guitar as his instrument. In fact, he seems to have forsaken all instruments. Transiency comprises four short pieces, totaling less than 20 minutes, and appears to contain found sound samples that run through some extensive digital signal processing. All traces of melody or rhythm are forsaken, left behind in the digital detritus, and what is left behind sounds more like something that was music, but is no longer, similar to the isolationist ambience of Lustmord or Indicate, Hampson's project with Jim O'Rourke. While not musical in the traditional sense of the words, for those with more avant-garde tastes, this fits the bill.
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AllMusic Review by James Mason