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info opinion

Eric Cook

"Asymptosy" CDR

Public Eyesore

Genres: experimental electronic

November 2006

Dark experimental soundscapes that are actually interesting to listen to, how about that? I'm creeped out and yet deeply mesmerized by Cook's ambient pitches, tones, beeps, and clicks. It's hard not to call this noise at times, but it's far from too abrasive - in fact it's probably as accessible as this music comes. In "Steady State Theory" you're taken through an evil underground factory, moving past foreign, mutant machinery. As you wander further the sounds echo and reverberate in the background as new ones appear on the horizon. "Early Academy," a live performance for University of Michigan radio station Ann Arbor, sounds like a trip through a telephone wire. Brief "My Side Your Side My Side" closes off the record with some nice dark tones. Asymptosy is a record's worth of great, dark, lovely experimental electronic sound... it should more than garner a look.

MP3s (from steady state theory (excerpt), early academy (excerpt)


Fun Fact: According to his website, Eric worked at Little Caesar's for a total of one four-hour shift.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2006]