Rashad Becker – Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I

July 31, 2013

For the eagle eyed among you, the name Rashad Becker name will be synonymous with the ‘mastered by’ and ‘cut by’ credit on some of the most sought after releases on labels such as Editions Mego and PAN. He’s one of the faces behind Berlin based mastering & cutting facility Dubplates and Mastering that seem to be lending their name to almost every record you should have in your collection.

Stepping out into the light, he’s got a new record of strange, dense electronic drone to sink your teeth into. It’s out on the ever popular PAN label which may give you some idea of what it’s going to sound like. Even though the label does have a variety of different electronic offering, some of the more experimental releases definitely seem to have common similarities. Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I seems to pick up where the likes of Jar Moff’s Commercial Mouth and Helm’s Impossible Symmetry left us. Not that any of them sound similar, but they all come stem from the same idea. A plunderphonic amalgamation of manipulated field recordings and electronic pulses that smooth together to create an eerie, otherworldly soundscape. On this, Becker manages to create what feels like a soundtrack to some distant planet. Gentle, pulsating drones are the backdrop for various electronic beeps and blips that sound like spaceships flying by or animals that we can’t even picture in our heads. Even though there’s a plethora of sounds flowing throughout the recording, it never feels like it’s overpopulated. You can tell from the sound on offer that this is a man who spends a lot of time zoning in on the subtle nuances and textures of the sounds he hears on a daily basis. Even though there’s a plethora of sounds flowing throughout the recording, it never feels like it’s overpopulated.

Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I is out now on PAN.

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