The cover of “Infinite Arithmetics” by Dutch composer Arjen Schat is graced by some very nice experimentation with abstract macro-photography. The album itself offers tracks with sequencer pieces only, and is completely made using hardware gear only. The latter features two Moog Little Phatty’s, Moog Slim Phatty, Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard, Roland D-50, Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 Module, Vermona DRM1 MK3, Elektron Octatrack DPS-1 and an Elektron Analog Four.
The six tasty pieces on the album all have a very nice intrinsic drive, and the manner of sequencing on “Sequential Stream” reminded me quite a bit of the early, slightly minimal sequencer-worlds of Steve Roach. In addition, Arjen keeps things under control by sticking to a most pleasant mellow and open sphere on the whole album, while various carefully layered (sometimes even cyclic) sequencer lines meticulously evolve and push things forward.
Classic (but more static) Berliner School excersises fly by on the vibrant “Holomorph”, before the albums rounds out with a live-version of the opening track “Sequential Stream” (an added bonus-track when one purchases the album), which features added leads of the Roland D-50 and Moog Little Phatty.
In the end I was quite flabbergasted by this strong and very well produced and mastered outcome. Thumbs up, Mr Schat!
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