Pulling from the provenance of the Sega Dreamcast's boot screen and menu sounds once again, eleven talented producers have contributed thirteen lovingly crafted remix works for the Cedar Mast remix album. To introduce and unveil the album, I've created a rebuild of my own, using the same source material samples that all eleven artists were tasked to use exclusively in creating these remixes. Musically, these tracks come in from all sides of the globe and contain very drastically different interpretations of the same source materials.
Lamont Kohner, a new pseudonym for Patrick Benolkin (aka Electricwest and Eluder), rinses out a plodding dark and slow techno atmosphere with ominous bass, which transitions beautifully to the contrasting dub techno sunshine of Textural Being's redo. Arbee and Tawdry Otter (aka Adrien75) both turned in two remixes, with Arbee's bearing his signature mutated bedroom electronic sound and Tawdry Otter opting for two flavors of swanky dub and dancefloor. Federsen hails from California with his completely analog-delay and vintage gear-constructed remake, and Dissolved transports a glowing irradiated lab specimen with perky beat programming from Vancouver. Mental Health Consumer keeps things short and sweet with one of the more modestly lengthed mixes of the collection, all bubbly and quaint. Optic_ drops in from the Netherlands with a blistering housey techno romper, giving way to Customer's disassemblage/reassemblage that brings to mind the loopy psychedelia of early Pub. Zzzzra imports his own special brand of French dub techno groove, and hands off the album's closer to Ocralab, who turns in the most minimal and alien remixes of the set.
Altogether, the Cedar Mixes assemble to create a whole larger than the sum of their parts, and effectively a lovely mutation/meditation on the sounds of the Sega Dreamcast is brought to life.
released 12 October 2012
Written by Brian Grainger, remixed and produced by the credited artists. Mastered by Brian Grainger at Botany Bay, September 2012. This is Milieu Music number ABX13.
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