Futurist Antiquarianism

by Nocturnal Emissions

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..’ with Futurist Antiquarianism, lead "emitter" Nigel Ayers creates inventive electronic music and transforms drum 'n' bass rhythms into something uniquely his own. The lazily rippling warbles and mutant reggae pulses of Earthlights are thoroughly battered by a drum'n'bass barrage; very listenable for the moody serenity below as well as the hyperactive micro-syncopations above. Simmering electric murk flows into the intriguingly arranged though aeons break laced with dozens of other ghostly sound sources flitting about, to be temporarily joined by mid-tempo, ruffly beats and other phantasmal musical appearances, from symphonic strings to blaring brass to shapeless undulations. Like dance music for extraterrestrial robots, they will not touch you eventually introduces spacy hypermodulated blips to superrhythmic distortions, chilling out then surging back, with brief untintelligible vocal utterances.
Percussion-free Blind Faith seems to move slowly through an abstractly ominous (though entrancing) tunnel of echoing soundwaves and glowering latent energy. One may not be sure of the sonic apparitions of cursus; heavily distorted choir-like choruses (and other oddly reshaped soundforms) waft hypnotically, then receive determinedly pattering e-drumbeats. gridlock continues in a similarly unknowable vein of spooky alterations, churning beatlessly amid gigantic cyclonic forces. Spirited yet subdued, netshaker enters some sort of neo-electro-tribal world, dancing to a dubby bassline and low-key percussive fun. With a buoyant basslike riff, Shetani also emits a bit of an island-vibe, though certainly not straight-forwardly so, with a louder rhythm section. Buzzing currents traverse the spacious netherworld of on come on, where occasional odd noises come and go including weird voice-like interjections, a particularly scritchy pattern and a pair of repeated spoken samples; the track then reprises the previous one, fading to silence at its conclusion. guiding beam, in turn, revisits the beginning of its predecessor... Conceptually, Futurist Antiquarianism offers a bit to think about vis-á-vis past and present time, but in practical usage it's mostly just a fun listen... Unpredicatable arrangements of electronics and beats rank this Nocturnal Emissions at an appreciative 8.4 on the AmbiEntrance scale.

David J Opdyke


released January 1, 2000

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Nocturnal Emissions Cornwall, UK

Nocturnal Emissions' Nigel Ayers has continued to work with a strong underground of cult support, avoiding music industry fashions, and following his own creative path he concentrated on creating a strong sense of a wilderness identity through sound.

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