Monday, November 12, 2007
PURE MINIMAL BEAT DRIVEN ENJOYMENT
All I can say is that considering the mainstream electonic music scene in 1997, this album should be praised for its bold ultra-minimal approach. Some songs are based on just one finely crafted loop of music that is literally repeated for 5 min, non-stop, without any breaks or changes and it feels + sounds gooood.
Yet another of prolific Cologne producer Wolfgang Voigt's guises, M:I:5 features his style of minimal bouncy dub bass beat techno that he would later further refine as Studio 1. Unlike the sparse palette of sounds present in his Studio 1 recordings -- strictly beats and nothing else -- Voigt chooses to integrate some colorful synth notes and other playful yet austere high-frequency sounds into the throbbing rhythms and creative structures of M:I:5. Following his debut on the legendary Structure label, Structuralism (later reissued on Auftrieb), Voigt has released his M:I:5 records primarily on his Profan label. In early 1998, he compiled much of his work under this guise on the Maßstab 1:5 album, released on Profan.