REVIEWS – Various Artists: Emerging Organisms compilation
Side-Line Magazine – “Emerging Organisms” is the first in a series of compilations of exclusive, rare and unreleased tracks compiled by Hidden Forms radio’s DJ Syntank for new Chicago label Tympanik Audio. Architrav and Eretsua start things off with two steadily paced dark ambient tracks while Rekt and Urusai slowly gain rhythmic momentum with “Somebody Set Up Us The Bomb” and “Slow Forward” respectively. Displacer adds hard breaks and a dark drifting twist to Architect’s “Caine in the Brain” while Mike Cadoo’s project Dryft unleashes a distorted bass monster on Architect’s “Stairway”. Tzolk’in’s produces the excellent experimental industrial “Imix (Hidden Forms Remix)” while Totakeke focuses on ghostly psychedelic texture, crisp breaks and experimental oddness. Talvekoidik – S.K.E.T founder member Kai – doesn’t disappoint either with the sweeping orchestration and hard rhythms of “Hymn”. Disc two opens much as the first disc did with the smooth drifting ambience with a hard industrial edge in the form of “At Takwi” by Flint Glass. Hecq deviates from the pattern with the high-octane “Moonkissed” which is experimental, ambient, manic at the same time. Not to be outdone, Ginormous offer the darkly insistent “Part of Him Died That Night” while Displacer delivers smooth hip-hop breaks with cutup movie samples and abstract weirdness to produce a triumphant experimental hip-hop track. Nebulo calms things down again with a serene track full of veiled darkness and slick crunchy rhythms. Featuring some big names and excellent tracks from some new faces, “Emerging Organisms” introduces Tympanik Audio in style. (PL:8) – Paul Lloyd
Igloo Mag – Emerging Organisms is the first in a series of compilations on new Chicago based label Tympanik Audio. Compiled by DJ Synctank from the Hidden Forms radio show, Emerging Organisms is a varied collection of exclusive, rare and unreleased tracks split across two themed CDs; the first covering “dark ambient and technoid industrial” and the second “IDM and electronica”. Tracks are included by artists both new and old including names such as Architect (remixes by Displacer and Dryft), impressive newcomer Talvekoidik, S:cage, Architrav, Flint Glass, Stendeck, Hecq, Ginormous, Displacer, Nebulo and Mnemonic to name just a few. Easing in slowly with two atmospheric dark ambient tracks from Architrav and Eretsua, the pace on of the first disc starts to gain momentum with Rekt’s “Somebody Set Up Us The Bomb”, a track which initially maintains the dark ambient theme but introduces more rhythmic elements as it progresses. Picking up where Rekt left off, Urusai’s “Slow Forward” begins with melodic minimalism but soon adds distorted industrial rhythms with an experimental ambient motif coming in and out of the mix. Rising to the challenge is Lucidstatic with “Night Vision”, a track with fuzzy stabbing bass and occasional bursts of drum ‘n’ bass beats enhanced with suitable samples to build the tension further. Also on disc one are the Displacer remix of “Caine in the Brain” and Dryft’s rework of “Stairway” from Architect’s latest album Lower Lip Interface. Putting his own twist on Architect’s brand of cinematic sample infused industrial mayhem Displacer gives “Caine in the Brain” hard clean breaks and a dark drifting theme. Dryft – otherwise known as Mike Cadoo, formerly of Gridlock – gives “Stairway” a genuine reworking, initially emphasising the soothing cinematic strings but soon introducing deep fuzzy bass, initially in short bursts and then unleashing its full force in monumental floor-shaking style. Also included are two tracks from Tzolk’in and Totakeke; the former, the excellent “Imix (Hidden Forms Remix)”, is essentially an industrial track with a healthy dose of experimental electronica and a dash of dark ambience while the latter focuses more on ghostly psychedelic texture, crisp breaks and experimental oddness with a sojourn into old school electronica. Talvekoidik, the solo project of Hands Production’s S.K.E.T founder member Kai, has already received acclaim for his debut Silent Reflections album and doesn’t disappoint with the orchestral “Hymn” which is simultaneously sweeping and graceful and hard and rhythmic. The first disc ends with a track from Mike Slansky’s solo project Unterm Rad who has recently released his debut album on Tympanik Audio. Slansky, who appears elsewhere on the compilation as part of Rekt and Aural, contributes a track of distorted bass and mechanical rhythms combined with wailing guitar with short interludes of minimal ambience before fading away completely at the close of the first disc. Disc two opens much as the first disc did with the smooth drifting ambience, huge industrial thuds, slick breaks and slightly Eastern influenced “At Takwi” by Flint Glass. Ab Ovo and Flaque continue the theme and increase the BPM count with bigger, more frantic crashing beats and a futuristic edge while Stendeck’s “Like Falling Crystals (Disharmony Remix)” opts for a warmer, smoother, more rounded approach. Hecq, however, deviates from the pattern by presenting the high-octane “Moonkissed” which is experimental, ambient, manic and fun all at the same time. Not to be outdone, Ginormous offer the darkly insistent “Part of Him Died That Night” which has a steadily driving pace, cascading synths and an addictive quality. Following melancholic interludes from Nonplus and Phylum Sinter, Justin McGrath introduces massive slow thumping breaks that pick up pace slowly and dominate with a weird gurgling synth and low vibrating drone below. Displacer however has different ideas and delivers smooth hip-hop breaks with cutup movie samples and abstract weirdness that result in a triumphant experimental hip-hop track. It is down to Nebulo to calm things down again with a serene track full of veiled darkness with what resembles a church organ providing a calm, doleful undercurrent with slick crunchy rhythms and elastic beats. Mnemonic featuring Qasot’s “Porous Dreams” continues in the vein of Nebulo’s track but with a busier, more anxious, fidgety quality; atmospheric with a glitchy experimental feel. Emerging Organisms is the type of compilation you would expect to see from a long-established label like Ant-Zen or Spectre, not a newcomer such as Tympanik Audio. Packed with big names and some excellent tracks from some new faces, Emerging Organisms introduces Tympanik Audio with a bang. Ably assisted by DJ Synctank, the label has introduced itself to the scene in true style, hinting at some of the music they have to offer from their own release schedule in the process (Totakeke and Unterm Rad). Emerging Organisms is a strong compilation with an emphasis on various forms of dark industrial electronic music. - Paul Lloyd
Connexion Bizarre - “Emerging Organisms” hatches from an attractive digipak of cool, muted colors and minimal design. An admirable first effort from Chicago-based Tympanik Audio, it was released in late 2007, compiling a group of exclusive, rare, remixed and unreleased tracks from both major players and lesser-known projects in the dark ambient, IDM and technoid industrial categories. A veritable pile of unadulterated dark electronic psychoses and shining atmospheres, the addictive mood kindled by volume one of the Hidden Forms compilation series establishes a precedent that will prove difficult for later installments to match. Its positive qualities lie in not only the selection of tracks, but also in their arrangement. If there is one thing that sets “Emerging Organisms” apart, it is the compilation’s challenging potential to infatuate the listener.
The first disc contains fourteen penetrating cuts ranging from Architrav’s introductory ambient grinder, “Bewegungsspielraum,” to what must be the hardest Dryft remix in existence (reworking Architect’s “Stairway”). Stacked in between like so much glinting and weighty bullion are assorted mind-blowing abstract acid crawlers. Rekt, for instance, contradicts the aforementioned subdued opener with “Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb,” quiet moodiness that builds into a bubbling dark churner. Lucidstatic offers one of the compilation’s roughest numbers, the thoroughly menacing hard breaker, “Night Vision.” Displacer’s intelligent treatment of “Caine in the Brain” by Architect is a remarkable study in forward motion, and “Power of Ideas” from Totakeke (Tympanik has released his second full-length album) rises out of its ambiguous start to a brilliant, soaring second half. Additionally, it must be mentioned that Distraub’s “Motion Sensor” and “Imix (Hidden Forms Remix)” from Tzolk’in are fully capable of worming holes straight through the cerebral cortex – these tracks are dark electronics at its best: psychedelic and subversive, crisp on the outside and hot and gooey in the middle. Consider yourself warned.
Not to be overlooked, the second disc of “Emerging Organisms” holds some gems of its own among fifteen additional tracks. Like the first, it embraces a diverse array of uncluttered sounds sculpted in effortless fusion. Stendeck’s “Like Falling Crystals (Disharmony Remix)” is a solid reinterpretation of an already titan number, its fervent orchestrations like icing on the grooving breakbeats driving it forward. Following this, the stompy industrial glee in “Stalwart” by Freeze Etch interjects a bit of carefree fun, while Ginormous lends a melodic and gothic-tinged number to the compilation with “Part of Him Died That Night.” Not much else, however, can match the wide angles and symphonic opulence of IDM-tweaked “Shadow Codex” from Phylum Sinter. Plush bass hits and haunting tones permeating Flaque’s “Black Shadows in the Fog” play on paranoia and threaten the awakening of some long-dormant unnamed thing. Mnemonic feat. Qasot offers quieter articulations with “Porous Dreams,” shadowy contrasts that lull the soul even as jittery rhythms cohere in silk-smooth organic burps and cadences. Perhaps a bit less ear-catching overall when compared with the first, the second disc yet manages to tease the synapses. — Dutton Hauhart [9/10]
Chain DLK – Tympanik Audio’s “Emerging Organisms: Hidden Forms Compilation Series Volume One” is a very interesting two disc compilation that beats Nine Inch Nails’s “Ghosts” to the punch with its brand of ambient/industrial soundscapes from artists such as Rekt, Flint Glass, Lucidstatic, and Nebulo. The compilation offers a mixture of traditional ambient compositions, clanking industrialized rhythmic tracks, and instrumental EBM and IDM pieces. The nice thing about this compilation is that while it is comprised of contributions from different artists, the collection as a whole has the cohesiveness and flow of an album put together by a single artist. What is most impressive about this compilation, aside from its nice packaging, is the fact that it sounds surprisingly fresh and new, which is a major accomplishment given that so much of the “new” EBM and IDM being put out are bland and uninspired throwbacks to :Wumpscut: and Leaether Strip circa 1998. Instead, the contributions on this compilation infuse these two dying genres with hints of classical, musique concrete, and electro jazz, which is why the young Tympanik Audio has been able to build a reputation as a leader of innovative electronic music. In sum, if you are looking for some good instrumental EBM and IDM that thinks outside of the box, then Tympanik Audio’s “Emerging Organisms” compilation is the record for you. [4/5 - Michael Grillo]
Chain DLK – Also declared under the sub-title “Hidden Forms Compilation Series One”, the new US-label Tympanik Audio offers its first release of a well packaged DCD digipak-set. Musically they have collected 29 appearances based into the wide and mysterious fields of Dark Electro, Experimental, IDM, Techno, Dark Ambient and Electronica music. This isn’t that sort of a Harsh EBM collection, which gets often praised and released like sand on the beach, the whole concept rather tends to collect Electronica music with demand – the featured music here requires attention from the listener. Some international renowned names like the haujobb-project ARCHITECT (with a double-remix-play on here, remix works got provided by DRYFT and DISPLACER), S:CAGE, the up and coming NEGATIVE FORMAT side-project DISTRAUB, TOTAKEKE (Frank Mokros, new signed to Tympanik Audio!), FLINT GLASS, AB OVO, HECQ or MNEMONIC are proof of a diverse and quality-oriented selection. CD 1 is mostly influenced by Dark Ambient and technoid Industrial tunes, but – as strange as this sounds – I tend to say that the most promising appearances got provided by the rather unknown artists of this compilation. ARCHITRAV seems to be a Dark Ambient-inspired side-project of Germany’s MNEMONIC and offer a static and ominous sounding opening track. We had already the Alaska-based project LUCIDSTATIC in our review section on here, but this new tune left me breathless! So it has to sound if multiple programmings can mean multiple drum patterns, this “Night Vision” is a rhythmically bomb and the best piece of work of this project so far. Good to know that Tympanik has signed on them too, a new album should be come out during summer. TZOLK’IN is a mutual project between EMPUSAE and FLINT GLASS and got recently signed to Ant-Zen. Their track comes out quite melodious and straight oriented, while not at all forgetting its musically belongings. There are more favorites worth to be named available on CD 1 for sure, but since this whole compilation is that filled with more than 143 minutes of purest Experimental Electronica music, I just like to concentrate only on the to me very best. CD 2 offers a decent collaboration between the Ant-Zen AB OVO and FLAQUE, while the Swiss act STENDECK gets remixed by Slovakia’s top-notch act DISHARMONY. FREEZE ETCH and their track “Stalwart” is another straight example with inserting layer sounds. Other highlights I like to name with GINORMOUS (straight and effective) FLAQUE (“Black Shadows In The Fog” – the title couldn’t explain it better how it sounds…), while the Big-Beat- and sample-driven “Witching Hour” of Canada’s DISPLACER causes a smile in the face of the listener. Same judgement like on CD 1, here can be named several other act, which my satisfy the listeners even more. However, Tympanik Audio have released a full-scale quality compilation which is a feast to all open-minded listeners who get thrilled by some more Experimental-oriented music. Another nice side effect is the fact that this DCD set will never enter the world of legally download portals. Although I have already seen a link available on a well-known illegal Russian downloading portal, I like to forward congratulations to the responsible people behind this label – this may is the right initiative to start a rage against downloading procedures to save the format CD. Soon more with new releases about this fine new label. [4/5 - Marc Tater]
Addictive:Noize – Two cd´s wrapped in a fresh modern design, 2 hours and 23 minutes, 29 tracks: a luxury debut for the young label from Illinois. “Emerging Organisms” is a real challenging (luckily) declaration of intents, it is a manifest that clearly shows the direction of the label, that is to say the full and enthusiastic immersion inside the adventurous trips of experimental electronica. A path marked by new as well as known projects, organisms that feed themselves of electronic music and emerge to give us their own vision of avant-garde. The sound spectrum covers a wide range of stylistic emissions, among a magnetic appeal and rhythmic inventions. From the cold obsessive and lyric ambient by Architrav, to the expressive narcotic sweetness by Urusai, who drapes his dreamy icy fragments with industrial drifts; from the euphoric and sharp touch of classic-soaked breakbeats from Talvekoidik, to the nocturnal idm by Justin Mcgrath. The tribal ethnic vein is filtered through the technologic circuits thanks to the remote and sensual middle eastern harmonies worked out by Flint Glass, who reinterprets the chapter of the Koran, The Overthrowing, from a digital point of view, while Tzolk´in lights up “Imix”, the first day name in the Maya calendar, with exotic tastes lightly touched by the sensual crescendo of technology. Under the “breaks” tag we can collect Displacer, who remixes the dramatic “Caine In The Brain” from Architect, overrunning it with broken beats and flashes of silence, and the melancholy hidden turmoil from S.Cage, a fragile creature twisting in the cutting yet flowing folds of broken industrial. Even though some tracks slow down the tension, the collection includes some little unmissable treasures. The brilliant contribution from Ginormous, a kind of synthetic progressive wrapped in a classical inspiration, and the unbelievable refinement from the duet between Ab Ovo and Flaque (project to keep an eye on, whose wonderful glitchy idm is confirmed on this release) who paints a three dimensional vision, a sensory fresco that can amplify every single sound into an infinite grandeur opening on wide emotional landscapes.
Re:Gen Magazine –
Two-disc compilation from new Tympanik Audio label offers an exciting assortment of dark ambient, IDM, and industrial noise. Tympanik Audio is a relatively new label, but is already steadily building itself up as a driving force in modern electronic music. Their first release, in conjunction with Hidden Forms Radio, is a mammoth of a two-disc set featuring a cornucopia some of today’s most exciting artists in the fields of IDM, dark ambient, and industrial noise, presenting a package that is sure send the listener into spasms of simultaneous serenity and frenzy. Of course, with any compilation – especially one as packed as Emerging Organisms – there are bound to be a few tracks that don’t quite measure up to the same standard, but that should never dissuade one from taking the chance of discovering some great new music along the way; and great new music does Emerging Organisms have. The whole collection begins with the hollow ambient drones of Architrav with “Bewagungsspielraum,” in which scuffling effects fade in and out of the mix like insects, evoking the compilation’s title. The same can be said of “Porous Dreams” by Mnemonic featuring Qasot, where clicking beats gradually pick up over shallow shuffles of burrowing sounds before warm pads and piano-esque pings come in to provide a melody, reminiscent of early Autechre. There are also the croaking and chirping synths like animals at twilight in “Circle of Memories” by Ab Ovo and Flaque, all set to a bed of swirling ambience and energetic breakbeats. A distant stomping sound leads us into the crunchy beats and jazzy keyboard tones of Urusai’s “Slow Forward,” eventually settling on a slightly more danceable rhythm, and the scraping drum & bass breaks and cavernous synth stutters of “Night Vision” make Lucidstatic’s track one of the best in the compilation overall. Also impressive is the Displacer remix of Architect’s “Cain in the Brain,” where a creepy melody floats amid echoing beacons and layers of atmospheric synths over some rather excellent IDM beats, and Distraub’s “Motion Sensor,” full of washes of ambient piano melodies offset by frantic drum & bass beats that eventually lead to some deep bass synths that are sure to cause a heart murmur or two.Some tracks showcase a sense of classical drama, such as in the orchestral progressions of Talvekoidik’s “Hymn” and Freeze Etch’s “Irrotator,” both pitting lush strings against noisy beats and rubbery acid synth lines, and Displacer electrifies with “Witching Hour,” a track reminiscent of Barry Adamson with its overlaying of jazzy hip-hop beats with whirring orchestral samples like a record going out of tune, as spooky samples and subtle touches of fluttering synths race by. Tracks like these would be perfect for film soundtracks, while others like Atomatik13′s “Traffic Lights” and especially Hecq’s “Moonkissed” focus more on a heavy helping of frantic glitch-laden drum & bass. Some songs like N0nplus’ “In Your Wake” and Phylum Sinter’s “Shadow Codex” balance the two extremes as violins are interwoven with percolating synths and straightforward drumbeats, and Stendeck’s “Like Falling Crystals” sounds like Deep Forest remixed by The Crystal Method as tribal breakbeats mix with lush tropical ambience and hints of heavily manipulated female voices. And then there are those unfortunate misses like Freeze Etch’s “Stalwart” and Nebulo’s “Reverse,” both of which begin promisingly enough though they never take their own experimentations to any sort of satisfactory conclusion.As with any compilation of this size with such a plethora of assorted artists and styles presented, the only downside to Emerging Organisms is the excessive length. Almost 30 tracks make up this collection, full of virtually every imaginable style of modern electronic music one could ask for, leading to a bit of sensory overload for the listener. Obviously, it’s up to the individual to pick out those tracks that he or she will enjoy most, while also having the benefit of being exposed to those others they might not otherwise pay attention to. For this, Emerging Organisms fulfills its purpose as a wonderful sampler of what Tympanik Audio has to offer us. May future releases from this young label be as exciting! 3.5/5
Im September letzten Jahres wurde in Chicago Heights in den Vereinigten Staaten ein neues Label namens Tympanik Audio gegründet, das es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht hat, neue und innovative Künstler zu fördern. Natürlich muss zum Start gleich ein Aufsehen erregendes Release her und was eignet sich das besser als eine Compilation! Der entscheidende Nachsatz ist aber, dass dieses Release, das auf den Namen “Emerging Organisms” hört, wirklich und leibhaftig Aufsehen erregend ist. Zum einen ist es die Mischung aus allseits bekannten und etablierten Künstlern im Gegensatz zu den Newcomern, aber vor allem ist es die hohe Qualität der Songs. Man hat nämlich nicht den Eindruck, dass hier jeder Künstler nur mal in seinem Archiv gewühlt hat, um einen Songs zu finden, sondern wirklich exklusives und hochwertiges Material beigesteuert wurde. “Emerging Organisms” teilt sich als Doppelalbum konsequenter Weise in zwei Teile. Auf der ersten CD pendeln die Songs zwischen Dark Ambient und technoidem Industrial, auf der zweiten geht es mehr in Richtung IDM und Electronic. Eröffnet wir die Compilation von Architrav, einem Nebenprojekt von Michael Belletz und Sebastian Schulz von Mnemonic, das mit düsterem, atmosphärischem Ambient eine wohlig unterkühlte Stimmung schafft. Eretsua klingt dagegen etwas subtil verspielter, während Architect gewohnt hochwertiges Material abliefert. Mit Tzolk’in und Totakeke sind zwei Projekte im Rennen, deren Mitglieder Gwenn Trémorin (Flint Glass) und Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe (Empusae, Sal-Ocin, This Morn’ Omina) sowie Frank Mokros (Synth-Etik) ihren eigenen Hauptprojekten starke Konkurrenz machen. Tzolk’in mit technoidem Ritual und Totakeke mit ausgetüfteltem Arrangement und eingehendem Beat.Die nächsten Überraschungen lauern bei Freeze Etch und Unterm Rad. Freeze Etch bezaubert durch melancholisch-bombastischen Ambient und Unterm Rad durch eine Art elektronischen Rocksong. CD Nummer 2 wird durch Flint Glass mit seinen bekannten dunklen Electronica eingeleitet. Wie immer ein Highlight, glänzt Ginormous mit verträumt-rhythmischen Phantasiegebilden, wohingegen Ab Ovo und Flaque das Ganze etwas ruhiger, aber dafür umso melancholischer angehen lassen. N0nplus und Phylum Sinter verharren in einer Art pulsierender Stasis, die schon fast hypnotisch wirkt. Zum Abkühlen folgen mit Nebulo, Qasot und Aural drei astrale Ausläufer a la Click ‘n’Cut.Was soll man da zusammenfassend noch groß sagen? “Emerging Organisms” ist eine Compilation, die kaum Wünsche offen lässt. Sollte das Label Tympanik Audio diesen Anspruch an Qualität für seine folgenden Veröffentlichungen halten können, ist von Übersee noch sehr viel zu erwarten.
The American label, which made a double choice as a first act that every fan of industrial music will consider as an excellent step into our atmosphere, has taken part in music industry. This double album connects exclusive tracks of the protagonists who create electro underground together with 143 minutes of music – balancing in the water: idm, electro, minimal, industrial, electronic, will be a great temptation whether by its visual or musical interpretation. It would be senseless to brood over each units and to draw 29 tracks nearer. This sampler is held in one heart, bands concentrate on similar genre and this generally creates very good impression and especially the listening. This CD is really certain pabulum for technological elite!!! 4/5Slubne sa zapojil do hudobneho priemyslu tetno novy americky label, ktory si ako svoj prvy pocin vybral dvojvyber, ktoreho parametre bude kazdy nadsenec industrialnej elektroniky povazovat za skvely krok do nasej atmosfery. Exkluzivne skladby protagonistov, ktori vytváraju elektronicky undergroun spaja tento dvojalbum a 143 minut hudby, ktora balancuje vo vodach: idm, electro, minimal, industrial, electronic bude svojim ci uz vizualnym, alebo hudobnym prevedenim skvelym lakadlom. Bolo by asi zbytocne rozoberat jednotlive telesa a priblizovat 29 skladieb podrobnejsie. Tento sampler sa drzi v jednom duchu, kapely sa venuju podobnym zanrom a to vytvara celkovo velmi slusny dojem a hlavne posluch. Toto cd je skutocne zarucenou potravou pre technologickych konzumentov. Toto vydavatelstvo ma velmi slubne ambicie o com svedci aj plno dalsich kuskov, ktore su na ceste predierat sa medzi elektonickou elitou!!! 4/5
‘Emerging Organisms’ is the first of an ongoing compilation series by the new Chicago based label Tympanik Audio. The compilation features rare, exclusive and unreleased material from acts like Architect, Displacer, Tzolk’in and Flint Glass just to name a few and it is split up over two CDs covering different direction of electronic music; the first one covers Dark Ambient and Industrial and the second one IDM and Electronica. Disc one starts with two representatives of the dark ambient fraction. ARCHITRAV, a side project of Michael Belletz and Sebastian Schulz of MNEMONIC, presents dark, sub cooled atmospheres in combination with various samples which will send shivers down your spine. ERETSUA basically goes into the same direction but introduces subtle rhythmic patterns in its composition. REKT’s ‘Somebody Set up Us a Bomb’ seems to continue that dark ambient theme at first but while progressing incorporates distorted rhythm work. Daniel Myer’s ARCHITECT appears twice on the compilation with reworks of tracks from his most recent album ‘Lower Lip Interface’. Displacer’s remix of ‘Caine In The Brain’ gives its remix clear-cut break beats and adds a floating epic ambient texture while Dryft’s rework of ‘Stairway’ is fooling the listener at first, emphasizing on a newly created epic string section to show a different face as it progresses with harsh and noisy beats; first in a small doze to unleash its full force with a second strike of wall crushing beat mayhem. ‘Motion Sensor’ by DISTRAUB gives the ears a bit more rest in combing calm synth layers and piano lines with a glitchy and fast-paced beat. The awesome ‘Hidden Forms Remix’ of TZOLKIN’s ‘lmix’ is a rhythmic industrial track with a good portion of electronica and a repeating, crisp atmospheric theme while TOTAKEKE’s ‘Power of Ideas’ takes its title literally and is a constantly morphing entity with different rhythmic sections, infused samples and wide atmospheres. Disc One is closed by a rather surprising track of UNTERM RAD with howling guitars which makes it sound pretty much like an experimental industrial rock song.Disc two starts almost as ambient as the first one with a demonstration of the excellent programming skills of FLINT GLASS with a calming, smooth ambience, mighty electronic or sampled thuds and mostly clean beats with a breath of eastern mystic. AB OVO vs. FLAQUE with their track ‘Circle of Memories’ are basically flowing in the same vein but use more drum & bass like beats with a higher tempo. If you want to know how madness packed in music sounds, then HECQ’s ‘Moonkissed’ is the right one for you which is an absolutely insane mixture of unbelievable fats rhythms, clicks, cuts with ingenious strings to counter point them. The remix DISHARMONY did of STENDECK’s ‘Like Falling Crystals’ is a class of its own maintaining a warm, embracing atmosphere while the various twists and turns of the rather steady paced song leave you breathless. DISPLACER walks a whole different path with down-tempo hip hop beats enriched by movie samples from old horror movies creating a feeling of discomfort. It captures the mood of the horror movies very well I think. NEBULO returns to the more quiet and calm territories. Some kind of grainy beat accompanies you through the whole song together with what has a similarity to a church organ. It is a pretty dark melody it plays, reminding of a requiem in some way. MNEMOC feat. QUASOT with their track ‘Porous Dreams’ follows in the same footsteps with a more melancholic texture and a more experimental approach to the rhythmic accentuation before AURAL closes the disc with a dark sound mash-up.This compilation is a truly impressing first release of the young label Tympanik Audio, presenting a wide range of artists from already well-known artists to astonishing tracks from some newcomers. All tracks are far from being ordinary and were carefully chosen. If you’re tired of all those boring and mediocre samples you should definitely risk an ear on ‘Emerging Organisms’.
Tympanik are slowly ‘emerging’ (groan) as a label which are evolving into a monster with a decent roster in electronic underground circles.
Simplistic, but aesthetically pleasing in its dual CD packaging, Emerging Organisms gives us 29 tracks from some artists we know, and some lesser acts which are undeniably going to make themselves a name. Scene long term faces such as Displacer and Architect sit comfortable alongside such acts as Lucidstatic and Freeze Etch giving balance and harmony of older acts that built foundations for the scene, to shelter the young ones as they flower.
Diversity is also a key factor in this compilation being a winner from the word go. Tympanik have dragged reference from all corners of the electronic scene, from Dark Ambient right through to IDM, which as a scene has floundered of late producing wave after wave of copycats. Luckily this young label seem to have an ear for what works and its refreshing to be able to listen to an entire compilation without feeling the need to skip past anything.
Valid and relevant Tympanik have also pulled on some exclusives such as mixes of artists rather than just take straight album tracks which can sometimes steer you away from compilation CD’s making this a valid collectors release that could and should grab the electronic enthusiast and make them a label ‘fan’ as opposed to be just a casual observer picking and choosing select artistes to purchase in the years ahead. This mature approach should set them up as a future driving force, and promises them longevity as a label. Tympanik have stepped onto the world stage with gusto. I welcome them with open arms and ears. 9/10 TY.
Gleich als Doppel-CD im schön gestalteten Digi-Pack erscheint diese Debüt-Compilation des in Chicago beheimateten Labels Tympanik Audio. Der musikalische Gehalt liegt schwerpunktmäßig in den weit gefächerten Bereichen zwischen Dark Electro, Ambient, IDM und Electronica. Obwohl es sich um das Debüt eines noch jungen Labels handelt, so ist es den Verantwortlichen doch gelungen, neben vielen neuen Namen auch einige international bekannte Formationen für diese Zusammenstellung zu gewinnen. Alle aufzuzählen würde den Rahmen hier sprengen und mir Fingerschläge seitens des Chefredakteurs einbringen, dennoch offerieren Architect, S:Cage, Flint Glass, Hecq, Flaque oder Mnemonic in der Tat einige Glanzlichter im Bereich experimenteller Electronica. Dabei allerdings werden sie noch Formationen wie Lucidstatic aus Alaska (neu gesignt bei Tympanik) oder Stendeck (remixt von Disharmony) getoppt. Abwechslung wird feil geboten, aber wie das bei dieser Art von Musik nun einmal so ist, sollte man freie Zeit und Aufmerksamkeit mit einplanen. Ein Clou noch zum Abschluß: diese Compilation wird es nicht über die einschlägigen legalen Downloadportale geben. Könnte das eine beginnende Offensive zur Rettung des Formates namens CD sein? Definitiv ein Muß-Kauf für Fans ästhetischer und anspruchsvoller Elektronik-Musik. – Marc Tater