Since his first self-released cassettes in the early 1990s, New Zealand’s Clinton Williams aka Omit has been on a singular and personal musical journey. Described as one of the greatest outsider artists currently working in the field, OMIT employs homebuilt instruments constructed from modified electric motors and salvaged sound sources to create a startlingly original soundworld. It is a world he inhabits alone, isolated in the small town of Blenheim in southern New Zealand, but it involves a deep exploration of the human condition. Over the years OMIT’s music has become less noisy and more sparse and minimal, as open signal patterns and oblique textures pass each other in haunted spaces.
“Enclosures 2011-2016” is a 5xCD box-set co-released by Pica Disk (run by Lasse Marhaug out of Norway) and End of the Alphabet (run by Noel Meek in New Zealand) and collects OMIT’s most recent self-released albums, artefacts that originally came in super limited edition CDRs with hand-made covers between 2011 and 2016. Unavailable except directly from the artist, these beautiful works are now available remastered in a deluxe box-set along with OMIT’s famous surrealist drawings and science fiction themed artwork, plus liner notes by close friend and collaborator Bruce Russell (The Dead C/A Handful of Dust).
“Clinton Williams is the hardest-working man in minimal electronic music. He is one of two people I know fairly well who I honestly believe is possessed by genius.” – Bruce Russell (from the liner notes)
Clinton Williams is an electronic musician from New Zealand. Among his several projects launched under pseudonyms he has directed Omit since 20 years. The concept of this musical experience is to explore the possibilities and capacities of vintage electronic equipments to create deep psych-acoustic effects on mind. Omit's long, linear, monotonous ambient "drones" punctuated by micro accidents & events carry on the work of several pioneers from 70's Berlin underground: Klaus Schulze in his first embryonic essays in abstract electronics (Irrlicht and the double album Cyborg) and Cluster in their weird, nervous psycho-ambient I & II. From the new generation, the music of Omit can make echoes to the minimal electronics of Coil, Biosphere, The Halfer Trio.
A beautifuly dark electronic music that can ravish fans of German's first attempts in progressive electronic.