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Assembled Minds, Clive Henry, Ekoplekz, Farmer Glitch, Grohs, Guy Birkin, Horsetail, Howlround, Joe Evans, Kemper Norton, Leniad, Lo Five, Olan Mill, Skiks, Stephen Christopher Stamper, Runningonair
More Than Machine Remixes
More than Machine, was a late ‘90s experiment with drum loops that didn’t quite make it to finished track status. Perhaps just as well, as it may have ended up being another D&B clone. Instead, it went into prolonged hibernation. As it happens, a workable but forgotten drum pattern was already languishing on the same computer along with the “robot voice” text. Said text was most likely written by a previous collaborator, Martha Sinclair, but I can’t be certain. Although I’d always intended to revisit the track, it wasn’t until 2016 when it was needed for the “Runningonair – Running On Air” album (a collection of ‘90s techno and soundtrack work) that all the elements came together.
While it was recorded in the usual way (Computer hard disc), everything else is original synths, current analogue and the original MacInTalk voice from System 7. All the techniques existed at the time and almost no new material was added. So, essentially, very little cheating going on. The text was never intended for this track, perhaps a left over from another project. The voice needed to be the original Mac voice, so to avoid buying an old Mac, I emulated one on a PC. The most recent “authentic” result is presented as track one on this release.
Moving on from the original, the release becomes more interesting. While many of the artists are well known others are not. The common link is that they are all people I’ve met through music, either the now defunct Runningonair lable, Ologies gigs or just generally. Due to the lack of common genre, it would be fair to say the output is somewhat diverse but hangs together surprisingly well. Each artist was asked to push the track in whatever direction they wanted and encouraged to take it as far away from the original as possible. Lost summer raves, machine intelligence, and jack-booted tyranny are some of the themes that emerge. The result is an extraordinary collection of surprises that almost develops its own narrative, easily standing as an album in its own right.
Joe Evans 2017
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