Dementio 13 – Imperial Decimal (electronica)

Fantastic review of ‘Imperial Decimal’ by Oliver Arditi.

Oliver Arditi

self released 2013, DD album, 40m 26s

£2+

http://dementio13.com/album/imperial-decimal

Imperial DecimalHistorically, the music released under the Dementio 13 aegis has been sufficiently consistent to sound like the work of a single project, but it has also developed and evolved in quite striking ways. The earlier work had a more signally electronic sound, and although it involved some remarkable explorations of texture, was notable more for the way that it manipulated relatively simple melodic and harmonic materials to create a very human, outward-looking creative landscape. It did this from a set of premises that might reasonably be expected to yield a more claustrophobic atmosphere, and to focus on artifice and energy rather than on the broad sweep of emotional life that it made its subject. Although he is clearly well-versed in the forms and styles for which electronic music has become famous since it came crashing into the mainstream, the influence of…

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