PITA – Get Out – CD – Editions Mego

There appears to be a resurgence of interest in some of the pioneering work undertaken in the experimental scene in the late 1990’s. With re-releases of ground-breaking tomes from Ryoji Ikeda and Noto emerging from the raster noton stable, and now hotly followed by Editions Mego, who have seen fit to re-release Pita’s “Get Out” from 1999.
Pita (Peter Rehberg) has been fairly quiet recently, as a new generation of experimentalists have emerged, Power Books and Max in hand, to re-generate, and re-populate the scene. On listening to Get Out (I have the original), it is staggering to realise the sheer breadth of Rehberg’s influence, both in this, his second solo foray, and with Mr Bauer on numerous releases. His/their work, seeded the “clicks n cuts” , and “glitch” culture of the time. The late 90’s were indeed “my time”, and these now legendary figures occupied my creative world totally, and their influence permeated my own initial experiments, and I’m sure, many others. In the liner notes, Dave Keenan boldly likened this work to Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced” album in terms of the depth of experimentation, and the honesty, and extremity of its delivery. Looking back, I quite agree, and Pita’s work also informed Fennesz, Hecker, and a host of others, looking for alternative solutions to the stock aural wallpaper provided by the mainstream. Get Out was a taut, tightly focussed noise work out, using feedback and digital sorcery, explicitly manifested in the wondrous, almost ethereal 3rd track, that took a gorgeously overdriven guitar refrain, and slowly, entropically dissolves in to sheer euphoric cascades of granular noise. This was indeed a lightning rod, of a release that stands the test of time, and marked Pita’s place in the digital hall of fame, now renewed and re-generated with fresh artworks by Tina Frank, now is the chance to catch a singular and highly influential release once again. A Masterpiece.BGN
 

 

 

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