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HumanBeing — HumanBeing
(RareNoise RNR127, 2021, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2021-12-28

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With HumanBeing, we have another contemporary electronic artist whose music defies conventional categorization. Like Rone and J. Peter Schwalm, both reviewed recently, Rossano Baldini (using the moniker HumanBeing for this work) melds various sound sources into something wonderful that doesn’t fit the molds of electronic music that have developed over the last several decades. The six tracks on this self-titled album are undeniably modern, blending digital sounds in ways that probably wouldn’t have been possible only a few years ago, but incorporating ideas that stretch back at least as far as Tangerine Dream’s classic 70s albums. “Blood” in particular features rhythmic sequences that harken back to that sound, though they’re combined with piano-like sounds and wide-screen reverb in a decidedly current way. There are also plenty of floating ambient passages with dream-like echoes and indistinct noises that evoke a sense of calmness and reflection. Piano does feature in many places, though it’s used atmospherically, sometimes bringing to mind the work of Max Richter. There are also passages with what sounds like modular synthesizers, though it’s quite possible he’s using digital emulations of old-school gear. HumanBeing is fascinating from start to finish, a skillful amalgamation of techniques pulled from many different areas of music into a distinctive electronic stew.

Filed under: New releases, 2021 releases

Related artist(s): HumanBeing (Rossano Baldini)

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