Ranked with the masters since his early Fax recordings, Testsu has most recently collaborated with Taylor Deupree, just releasing their DSP breakdown, active / freeze.
Audiochrome: Techno Unit 30 (8.4)
(International Audiochrome - 2000) - Traditional techno forms are filtered through the prism of Larry Kucharz, whose roots are decidedly outside of that scene.
Beige: I Don't Either (8.6)
(Leaf - 2000) - Quirky "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" arrangements are playfully attached to funky rhythms in a head-spinning debut.
Mark Deutsch: Fool... (9.0)
(Mark Deutsch Productions - 1999) - How often do we get to hear a new (and utterly compelling) instrument? The bazantar's tones are supernaturally resonant.
EA: EA (8.8)
(Cpt. Sparky - 2000) - Dark ambient constructions are not stoney dungeon walls, but rotting plaster and exposed brick, fading into fogs of obscurity. Nicely done!
tetsu inoue + taylor deupree: active / freeze (8.7)
(12k - 2000) - Persistence pays off when listening to a small-scale cacophony which reveals many fragmentized moments of obtuse beauty
christian høy knudsen: hav (8.9)
(Council of Nine - 2000) - If you're looking for a place to really float... this is ideal, though the waters aren't necessarily always calm nor warm.
Lustmord: The Monstrous Soul (8.3)
(Soleilmoon - 1990/2000) - Acolytes of ambient's nether regions will flock to the blackened altar of this dark re-release.
brian parnham: The Broken Silence (8.6)
(Floating Point Records - 2000) - Didjeridu adds flavor to dreamlike sound constructions, which seem more "organically-grown" than "built".
Stephen Philips/Ben Summers: Beyond the Glaze (8.3)
(Dark Duck - 2000) - Deep space seems to be the place from which these unfettered tones emamate...
Rapoon Vs. Kinder Atom: Rapoon Vs. Kinder Atom (8.5)
(klanggalerie - 2000) - Rapoon's watercolory smears of sound and neoprimitive rhythms dominate the recording with more-electronic accompaniment from Kinder Atom.
Steven Severin: The Woman in the Dunes (8.2)
(RE: - 2000) - Beatless electronic mantras for movement and/or meditation make for sensual, if not a bit repetitive, listening.
Saul Stokes: Outfolding (9.0)
(Hypnos - 2000) - Unbotrusively primal-rhythmic explorations of amorphous locales can take you wherever you want to go...
szkieve: des germes de quelque chose (8.4)
(Hushhush - 2000) - Disorientingly enigmatic listening keeps one wondering what the original sources might have been.
the third planet: the third planet (8.2)
(World Class - 2000) - Algerian, Italian, Iraqi, and Indian members of bring musical sounds from all over the globe to a colorful, festive world party.
Zero Ohms: atma-spheric surfaces (8.5)
(Zop Opus - 2000) - Tennesse can now be noted for the windswept expanses of ambient/electronic soundstreams blowing out of Collierville.
July Overviews include:
Electro Harmonix, "Electro Harmonix"; Hafler Trio, "Four Ways of Saying Five"; Inu-yaroh, "Adapt"; Tetsu Inoue, "Ambiant Otaku"; Tetsu Inoue, "Slow and Low"; The Legendary Pink Dots, "A Perfect Mystery"; david maranha, "circunscrita"; Om, "Instant Enlightenment"; Oval, "Systemisch"; Various Artists, "four ways of saying H3O"
This Month: "Stick a Fork In..."... 15 artists tell about knowing when it's done...
Contributed Reviews from the attentive ears of Stephen Fruitman include:
Bucolic, "Dzyan Blood"; Mark Dresser & Frances-Marie Uitti, "Sonomondo"; Roger Eno, "The Long Walk"; Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori & DJ Olive, "SYR5"; Twilight Circus Dub Sound System, "Dub Voyage"
New Links to: Official Tetsu Inoue Homepage, Electronic Shadows, The Organization of Sound