Atsuhiro Ito: Live (Edition Omega Point, 2016)July 2, 2016 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Two performanced by a Japanese experimental artist who plays a huge fluorescent light instrument called the optron. There must be a visual component to these performances that’s missing from the recording, but what’s here gets pretty intense. It takes a while to build, though. It sounds pretty lo-fi and kind of distant, with lots of buzzing and hissing. Both pieces eventually develop into throbbing rhythmic noise which almost approximates a weird form of techno. It seems like he’s using limited resources, like a no-input mixer or something, but he gets a lot out of what he’s using. The first performance ends up at a fast, almost gabber-speed beat (not as heavy) but the second has a more relaxed industrial techno beat, and there’s another dimension to it, thanks to guest artist Miclo Diet. Very exciting falling-apart junky improv electronics.