Looks Realistic: Where Does It Come From? tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2013)

September 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Looks Realistic: Where Does It Come From? tape

Looks Realistic: Where Does It Come From? tape

I haven’t seen the whole video, but this is the first Constellation Tatsu title to be released in VHS form as well as cassette, and if any release on the label fits that aesthetic perfectly, it’s this one. Each side of the tape starts with an audio logo, and there’s such a wasted, weathered quality to it that it just feels like looking at pixel-damaged landscape imagery. “Dot Compost” manages to pull some Steve Reich phasing techniques out of severely mangled cassette tape manipulation. “Rainbow Reader” can’t help but bring to mind the theme song of a familiar PBS program about books that we all grew up watching, but then colorfully explodes with neon synth textures. “Pressed Rock Coating” buries some crushed voices under new age synths, and “Sleep Cadet” does even more so, with shimmering star-lit tones lulling you to sleep.

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