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John Bischoff: Audio Combine

John Bischoff: Audio Combine by John Bischoff
Released: Feb 2012
Label: New World Records
Even by computer music standards, this is pretty plinky material. So why is it worth hearing? For one thing, Bischoff really does compose with his silences (see the title track); even when spare, the music doesn't feel random. And his feel for textures in between the digital chirps -- try out the noise freakouts of "Sidewalk Chatter" or the drones-plus-chimes of "Local Color" -- is evocative and winning. To be sure, this is mostly a quiet album, though it does build (in its way) to the percussive climax of "Surface Effect." Overall, this is new-classical headphone listening at its best.
Seth Colter Walls
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