Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
CD – Flux
Following a multifarious talent, without either prejudices or gender barriers, Frank Rothkamm is back to bring his unique version of what today we could simply define as ‘popular electronic music’. These kinds of sounds are well represented in ‘Frank Genius is Star Struck’ and they are also carefully structured in the form of a conceptual pot pourri but still nice, with muzak fragments, classic tradition and rock culture, interweaving computer music tensions, cut-upping and free form improvisation. Always on the edge between genius and bluff, the German investigator, super-modernist and at the same time a theorist of sci-fi serialism, has this time really slackened the reins, pushing on dialectical contradictions, always subtly responsive and involved in the relationship between mainstream and underground. In the form of a ‘digital cantata’, deceitful and self-referential – with a Señor Coconut attitude – he clones anything, eventually assembling archetypal mash-up, consciously modulated from avant-garde and popular culture perspectives.