Platform – Categories of Dust – CDR – Minimal Resource Manipulation

Platform’s Matt Atkins further reduces his sound in this latest release, Categories of Dust. Intrinsically a field recording, this piece takes sounds recorded with an ultra sensitive studio microphone, sourced from within and around the artist’s home. Atkins homes in on sonic particulates, visceral clicks and reverberations, disembodied spectral voices and luminous sine waves, engendering an active fabric that is at once hallucinatory and transcendent. Clocking in at some 21 minutes, the piece shifts parameters, undulating between the intense and the expansive, echoing some of the sentiments of Bachelard’s “The Poetics of Space”, and utilising that most personal and private of spaces..the home.. as both instrument and studio. At times there is a generous use of reverb that acts to smear the sounds, creating washy swirls of activity, approaching near-ambience, only to be brought back into sharp focus once again by the slow introduction of domesticity. A worthy recording for a burgeoning new artist whose work is getting stronger with every release. Recommended. BGN.



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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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