There weren’t many recent releases from the Kasuga label, but they return with another SD card release (their format of choice) by Andreas Lutz, a follow-up (perhaps) to his ‘Dyad’, reviewed in Vital Weekly 1240. This time, he doesn’t include software, just an MP3 version and a 16 and 24-bit version of the seven pieces. There is also a performance and installation by Lutz with the same name, and this is the soundtrack.
I compared the previous release with Pan Sonic, but this one sees different kinds of music. It is still very much software-based music, but now he works on long-stretched sounds. I have no idea what went into the machine, and I couldn’t even hazard a guess here. Giving information such as “the original audio-visual sequences are based on a real-time interpolation through the trained models and depict the transformation into a machine-created semiotic system” doesn’t explain things; as I am proud to say, I am just not that clever.
Nevertheless, I like what I hear. Massive, machine-like drones burst away, but never resulting in mind-dumbing noise music. At one point in time, a lot of people used the term ‘ambient industrial’, and that is certainly something that applies to this music. While I use the word drone-like, the music isn’t particularly slow or stasis-like. It is a constant trajectory, moving and changing, with some delicate urgency. Music that goes right into the neural system, drilling holes in your brain; psychedelic music, if you will, but not something I recommend playing under the influence of narcotics. This reminded me of Roland Kayn: music that moves around in cybernetic ways, events triggering events and such. Excellent release!
— Frans de Waard via Vital Weekly