Turntablist extraordinaire, ERIKM, has seen fit to realise this collection of tracks for Australia’s ROOM 40 imprint. Now compounding his reputation for a near virtuoso turntabling technique, combined with an armoury of electronic tools and effects, ERIKM has taken ten one minute samples burned onto a CD, which was then further treated and damaged. He then took these damaged pieces and reconfigured them, subjecting them to further distortions and deconstructions, to form an oblique, minimalist tapestry of harsh digital sounds. After an initial burst of signal, we are then plunged into a visceral soundscape (Ressac), full of stuttering, flickering textures. This really sets the tone for the rest of the collection in an impressively rendered series of exquisitely crafted digi-scapes.
Protracted silences are beset with jewelled interstices of glistening electronica. 5th track, Game, utilises a fuller pallette, and takes us into further reaches of the audible spectrum – here, bass tonalism gives way to eviscerated microsonics, and once again, we are drawn into ultra minimal sound-play. White Out forms around a gassy, almost industrial backdrop, subtly stippled with high overtones, a pale drone piece, unimpeded by the usual pitfalls of the genre.
Dissenters will no doubt liken much of Steme to early musique concret, revised and revisited, setting a path for the new generations of avant garde, however, ERIKM maintains a genuine joy, and love of the medium, in a playful, intelligent, and maturely crafted collection, that is both inspiring and original.BGN.