Album Review

Parker, Andrea and Daz Quayle – “Private Dreams and Public Nightmares” – [Aperture]

Kai Sync   4/20/2016   A Library, CD


Daphne Oram was an influential Brittish contemporary electronic music genius, famous for co-founding the BBC Radiophonic workshop and creating the “Oramics” technique where the composer draws an alphabet of symbols interpreted by a machine that produced the sounds on magnetic tape. This album is using sound samples from the Oram archives forming darker and original electronic music. It would have been simple to just add a techno kick and hihat and get the job done but here the re-interpretations work in favor of keeping the sonic spirit as if the original composer would work in a modern studio setup today. It is haunting as if the originator returned back one more time. It’s also a conversation between the electronic past, current and future. Andrea Parker manages to create a worthy and personal homage to one of the true pioneers of electronica, while the album still conveys her own unique vision with the help of cohort Daz Quayle’s studio wizardry. The material ranges from concrete pieces to more contemporary and modern patterns. Haunted good.

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