161

Robert Henke: Layering Buddha

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Synthesist Robert Henke celebrates the FM3 Buddha Machine on this richly ambient production that parlays the instrumentation-based sounds/loops into a sort of omnipresent reckoning. Henke cites the unit's imperfections, sampling rates and other processes with a great deal of depth and insight, especially for the micro-processor engineers out there.

The artist extracts elongated sounds and weaves them into minimalist frameworks. Think of Brian Eno's early expansive, ambient-electronic musings, for example. On Layering Buddha, Henke uses A/D converters and filtering techniques to parlay gently sweeping effects, balanced by ever-so-slight variances in pitch. Henke's approach is akin to a surgeon's pre-op strategy.

The musical scope is at times sullen and expansive. On track nine, entitled "Layer 009, Henke renders an ominous shape-shifting parameter via lower register sound-sculpting and swarming background treatments. On the other "Layers," he pursues cyclical thumbnail-like vistas constructed upon oscillating passages amid a strangely organic vibe.

On a studio processing note, Henke mentions that "the recording contains audio information up to 48 kHz, which makes it possible to transpose loops down and expose otherwise inaudible hidden details. Interesting indeed, as we sometimes tend to forget how digital technology is much more than simply a perfunctory medium or tool. Regardless, the musical attributes of this cleverly devised outing stand on their own, bespeaking man and machine at their creative apex.


Track Listing: Layer 001-Layer 0010.

Personnel: Robert Henke: FM3 Buddha Machine, electronics.

Title: Layering Buddha | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Imbalance Computer Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Triple Double CD/LP/Track Review Triple Double
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 21, 2017
Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Bright Moments" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Moments
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: April 19, 2017
Read "Get Up And Go" CD/LP/Track Review Get Up And Go
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 6, 2017
Read "The Journey" CD/LP/Track Review The Journey
by James Nadal
Published: January 5, 2017
Read "Ockeghem Octets" CD/LP/Track Review Ockeghem Octets
by John Eyles
Published: July 14, 2017
Read "Flux Reflux" CD/LP/Track Review Flux Reflux
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Prairie Burn" CD/LP/Track Review Prairie Burn
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 9, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.