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Review: 'Monotron'

-  Label: 'Ojud Records'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '16th June 2014'

Our Rating:
Established in 2012, Ojud Records is home to a number of Leeds-based experimentalists, including Legion of Swine, Redgrass, manTank, Dale Prudent and Trowser Carrier – across whom there’s some significant cross-membership. Such is the nature of miscroscenes, of course. This eponymous release from Monotron is a celebration of the Korg Monotron – the brand’s first analogue synth in 25 years and an innovative piece of kit which is approximately the size of an audiocassette (and that’s including its built-in speaker).

The three tracks here – each with a running time of just over seven minutes – explores the unit’s capabilities, with a succession of grumbling drones and wobbling hums. A wibbly shiver of old-school sci-fi ambience, ‘Monotron’ sits comfortably alongside myriad Euro avant-garde synth works, not least of all the two volumes dedicated to the EMS Synthi. Arguably one for gadgetry enthusiasts, ‘Monotron’ contains enough listening pleasure for fans of experimental audio works too.

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  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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