Published Nov 30, 2016Mike Parker has a meticulously honed vision of techno. He's described music as "sound that has been organized," and his latest EP, Disintegrating Sand, is a testament to this strictly regimented approach production. Though the sonic palette of the EP ranges in its intensity, every valuable sound occupies an assigned space.
The structure and the mixing of the record make for an economical and functional whole. Opening track "Disintegrating Sand" is chaotic and abrasive, with a fervent and sweltering pace. "Gyroscopic Precession" follows, a frenetic cascade of analogue sounds whose modular oscillations are propelled by the track's punctuating rhythm.
Parker's breed of techno grapples with the modular aesthetics of Morton Subotnick, though he reinterprets this within the structural schema of techno. As Parker's erratic compositions continuously oscillate between sustain and release, the spatial effects of his production situate him in the nightclubs of Berlin as much as they do in the interstellar. (Tresor)