D. Glare

68 Samples At 68 BPM For Phased Heads

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"As the artists himself puts it, this tape is "neither pointless free noodling nor endless spiritual drones", most definitely falling somewhere into the less explored region in between. D. Glare is the solo guise of Dom Clare from tQ-approved techno duo Chrononautz, and these two vast and strange montaged loop-scapes make for a pretty damn powerful first statement, well placed in the midst of Opal Tapes? bleak roster. Both tracks are circa 35-minutes long, and both stem from the same sonic limitations as described in the album?s title.
Side A is the fully realised final piece using only 68 samples at 68 BPM, and is filled with plenty of vacant space as D. Glare sparingly cycles through his bag of slow-paced and glitchy sounding loops. There?s snatches of murky voices, pianos, crackling static, and only a handful of bassy tones (the absence of low end in several longer passages winds up sounding what Prince fans would describe as haunting), and the entire exercise never ceases to be intriguing. The loops are cycled and chopped up, repositioned and skewed, and the atmosphere is for the most part woozy and gothic, paying off in the third act with minimal beats and release as bass enters the picture. Side B collects "failed starts, experiments with the phase levels, grooves that felt good but didn't pan out", but winds up in many ways more approachable than the first side. The centre section is a massive throbbing banger that mutates into a few different shapes and industrial grooves before climaxing and disintegrating into fuzz."

D. Glare: 68 Samples At 68 BPM For Phased Heads

68 Samples At 68 BPM For Phased Heads D. Glare 36'23''
Improvisations In Phase D. Glare 34'45''

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