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Derek Rogers - Depth/Detail of Processing (2015)

9-08-2015, 14:31
Music | Electronic | Ambient

Derek Rogers - Depth/Detail of Processing (2015)

Artist: Derek Rogers
Title Of Album: Depth/Detail of Processing
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Kendra Steiner Editions/KSE#292
Genre: Ambient, Electronic, Experimental, Psychedelic
Format: Mp3
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 48:43 min
Total Size: 116 mb


1. Gleaming Bits of Glass (03:36)
2. Rebirth etc. etc. (05:51)
3. Image and Identity (02:45)
4. Matilda & Richmond (for Evan Chronister) (25:23)
5. An Illusion, Albeit (03:40)
6. Return, Initiate (07:32)

Derek Rogers has only been picking up steam these past few years, popping up on various labels of equally fascinating labels (Bridgetown, Patient Sounds, J&C Tapes, Umor Rex, et al.) with a bold sprawl of glitching, beatific ambient music. The latest chapter in the Dallas resident’s forray comes with Depth/Detail of Processing on the charmingly prolific Kendra Steiner Editions. Serving up six tracks that speak to Rogers’ mastery of brutally soft, beautifully tragic drone music, the CD-r drifts through suite after suite of hypnotic and slightly jarring sounds. “Glitching Bits of Glass” is an organized exercise in thoughtfully serrated noise, sorting through a flurry of malfunctioning blips and various digital ephemera. Eventually, the heap of sound grows out of control and takes on a massive, amorphous tower of resonance. “Rebirth etc. etc.” pivots more into the textured, blissful warble perpetuated by Tim Hecker or Fennesz, but in more vaporous modes. A wavering sheet of processed noise both pummels and caresses with each pass, like walls of sheet metal being scrubbed and buffered, then contact mic’ed for your listening pleasure. “Image and Identity,” is pure tonal obsession, examining a line of feedback under a microscope to expose all of its virtues. “Matilda & Richmond,” dedicated to the late music journalist and experimental music enthusiast Evan Chronister, uses its ample, 25-minute duration to completely unfurl its sullen meditation. Moving through a series of texture studies and a sublimely melancholic piano melody, the track is a touching piece of aural eulogization. As Rogers explained in a message exchange just after the release of this disc, “‘Matilda & Richmond’ was written to be the centerpiece of the album, as it was performed as a work in progress literally two hours after Evan’s passing. The use of field recordings and traffic sounds were taken from my front porch [Rogers' front door is "literally 5000 ft. from the intersection of Matilda and Richmond," where Chronister's accident occurred], and serve as a time-stamp of sorts, a literal sound field of electricity and the very active movement that took him away from us. Coming back up to slightly brighter territories, Rogers closes the disc with the Mille Plateaux-like glitches of “An Illusion, Albeit” and he distant ambiance of “Return, Initiate.”

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