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c. reider
Fine Failures

     Sometime in the early Zeroes, I became interested in something my friend Phillip Klingler, a.k.a. PBK, said about some techno music being too mechanical and marchy ... he preferred more organic rhythms. At the same time, I was also interested in minimal techno in which there was a focus on a very minimal drum machine pattern, often just a kick on the one and a hi-hat on the two, on and on ad infinitum. I had downloaded some tracks like this through Napster and Audiogalaxy. When file-sharing was young, and I only had a dial-up connection (ok, I still have dial-up) there were often instabilities in the downloads, which created stutters in the audio file. In the case of some of this minimal techno the little audio hiccups threw the constant rhythm off, sometimes inserting these mysterious little burbley electronic sound artifacts... this also interested me.

      I gave a good deal of thought to exploring the struggle between organic rhythms and mechanical rhythms, wondering what dance music would be like if it didn't groove, if it came loose from being tethered to the moorings of a metered tempo, if it traded in round wheels for polygons, if it tried to fly into the sand.

     These thoughts led to the experimentation which finally produced "Fine Failures". I don't honestly think I successfully realized some of the ideas I originally had about bringing a squirming ametricity together with bom-chik bom-chik techno... but ultimately this is experimental music, and experiments wouldn't be experimental without some failure. If these are failures, however, then they're fine by me.

     PS: Nobody died in the making of the cover art.


Here are some random, completely unsolicited quotes from people I don't know about this album found at various places on the internet:
I can't decide if this is hypnotically fascinating or absolutely terrible.
It's... strange. If you have the attention span of a tree, it's probably brilliant.
A minimalist, experimental techno album rooted in mood music traditions of making everything sound damn weird and indescribably creepy. Fractured beats and various drones create an atmosphere reminiscent of ambient music; at times, I had to make sure my chair wasn't creaking and making the sounds heard in the songs. Worth a listen if you enjoy some incredibly odd electronics.

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Review by Vital Weekly:
Maybe my idea about C. Reider is clouded by ill judgment, who knows? If you would asked me before I started playing this new release, I would have said he is one of the drone boys, but this new release proved me wrong. In the early 'zeroes' (C. Reider expression) he got interested in minimal techno but with a less mechanical groove and when downloading some through dial-up (which he still has, as one of the few I guess), some of the techno had little 'hiccups' making the music a little bit off beat. Thats what inspired his 'Fine Failures'. He makes his point loud and clear in twelve pieces, which is a bit much. His piece have a certain groove indeed, but it's not entirely indeed dance floor material. Some of the pieces go off the rails like 'Ovea Disrhythmia', in which too much happens. The best pieces are those at the beginning when he still uses a stripped down version and the hiccups are less apparent. Throughout this material is pretty much o.k., but a bit too much. The good thing is that with downloads like this, you can always throw away those pieces you don't like. File under head nod music. (FdW)

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