MUTEKLIVE003 - Gentle Bakemono

MUTEKLIVE003 - Gentle Bakemono

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March 26, 2009

MUTEKLIVE003 - Gentle Bakemono

Live @ MUTEK Montréal 2003


Friday installments of the MUTEKLIVE podcasts will focus on the contemporary history of Canadian electronic music.  Today we go back to 2003 to revisit the incredibly undervalued ambient experimentations of David Kristian , who played the festival that year as Gentle Bakemono .

For the twelve-year period between 1994 and 2006, Montreal-based David Kristian was among the most prolific  electronic musicians at work in Canada, surveying a number of genres as he released over 15 full-length albums in that period. And then, with little fanfare, he backed away from his hefty release schedule in favour of soundtrack work.

Though he did push into IDM and even drum n' bass territory over that tenure, the portions of his recorded music that stick out most brightly -- from this vantage point -- circle around the more experimental and bristling analog experiments he composed, which revisited the kosmiche sounds of early synthesizer practitioners like Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream

These days, that eery ambient keyboard drone is back in fashion, with acts such as Warp's Pivot , Jan Jelinek , and numerous others going back to work with warmer, spatial tones, but it's worth noting that Kristian recognized something in the sound that was ripe for resurrection before many of today's artists began looking in the same direction. 

This MUTEK 2003 recording as Gentle Bakemono is a great example of Kristian at the height of his game.  The set begins with the haunted synthesizer drones that draw comparison with Cluster before moving on at the halfway point to pick up the tempo and drift into a blissful experimental composition that doesn't sound too far removed from what Carl Craig and Moritz Von Oswald recently managed with their recompositions of Ravel last year.

Any way you look at it, this is deep, immersive, headphone listening for the late hours of the weekend, so we hope you enjoy this timely look back at the work of David Kristian .


Check out Gentle Bakemono in the MACROMUTEK section



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