Tim Walters: Fission Cuisine (Aural Films, 2019)

August 1, 2019 at 6:45 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tim Walters: Fission Cuisine

Last year, Tim Walters released a pretty exciting album of electro-shocked noise, which he made using analog synths and old SuperCollider coding. This album is heavy on analog synths, but it sounds vastly different — much friendlier, more melodic, and more driving. Opener “The Zen Gun” starts out sparse and creaky, but it surprisingly blooms into a space fighter pilot odyssey, chugging along with cosmic synths and light but propulsive beats. Tracks like “Constitutional” and “The World of Wool” are filled with the sort of childlike melodies that countless IDM artists were creating around the beginning of the millennium, but without the overt technical precision or glitch overload. There’s also ominous drone pieces like “Don’t Forget to Breathe” which fulfill the “scene from a spooky movie” quota, while others like “Connoisseurs of Human Folly” are more RPG interstitial scene music. The overall mood is more playful and adventurous rather than dark and heavy, but it does have its ponderous moments.

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