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MONOTON

Eight Lost Tracks

Label: Oral

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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Oral label can be quite proud: they dug up all the works by Austria's Monoton, the baby of Konrad Becker and released them before on CD. Monoton's music was its time ahead: minimalist pulses based on analogue synthesizers, thus predating techno, glitch, clicks & cuts, and what's better: it still sounds good. The two previous releases were officially released back then, but the eight pieces were never released, save for two on an EP and a compilation. The pieces were recorded between 1981 and 1983 and are easily trademark Monoton pieces. A simple sequence is set forward, some synths hum along and sometimes there is the monotonos voice of Becker. Like I said when I reviewed 'Blau - Monotonprodukt 02' (Vital Weekly 534), I still like the sequencer based pieces over the rhythm machine, but they are all great. A lot of things come together in this music: minimal electronic music, Neue Deutsche Welle, techno, clicks & cuts. Think D.A.F. meeting Pan Sonic (now that would be a great idea too, come to think of it). With all the interest in everything 'old' - and in a lot of cases, not very relevant - Monoton still stands the test of time. Eight no longer lost pieces of great electronic music. (Vital Weekly)
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Cat. number: Oral CD28
Year: 2006
Notes:
Track 2 previously released on the compilation Q.E.D.
Track 4 is a remix of the track from Monotonprodukt 04.
All other tracks are previously unreleased.
Tracks 1-4 available on vinyl: ORAL 26 EP.
Tracks 5-8 available on vinyl: ORAL 27 EP.

Tracks 1 & 4 from 1981; tracks 2, 3, 5, & 6 from 1982; tracks 7 & 8 from 1983.

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