Robert Scott Thompson
Total Time: 50:59
Record Label: Aucourant Records
Catalog Number: AUREC 8200
Type: PRO CD-R
|“Pardon my Echoplex!”
The “dream society” musings of a twenty-something during the “stochastic guitar” period.
Recorded from 1981 to 1984 on a variety of slow-speed, narrow-format analog tape recorders (4 and 8 channel) and mixed on a “console” (don’t ask), these instrumental tracks were composed at the dawn of the MIDI era (very primitivo), when digital editing was merely a “twinkle in the eye” of the artist.
All editing was done on the multi-track during these “punch-happy-spot erasing” days. Computer generated sounds do appear (don’t tell ~frm) and these were created at the Computer Audio Research Laboratory of the Center for Music Experiment in La Jolla.
This recording was originally released on cassette only – and is newly presented for people interested in collecting RST’s early work.
Cytizen presents a collection of instrumental electronica in the avant-garde, post-modern pop style. Tracks presented on the disc were recorded during a five year period beginning in 1981 and ending in 1984. Influences from the cutting edge of pop music can heard combined with avant-garde and electroacoustic sensibilities.
When recordings cross stylistic boundaries, as Cytizen does, it becomes difficult for reviewers to categorize the music. Some listeners have remarked that they have never heard a recording that sounded like this one. High praise for an iconoclastic and individualistic work that brought a new voice to contemporary instrumental electronica.
This is a new release and is, in a way, an archival one. Fans of RST's music will be interested in this work as it brings a new perspective to considering his total output as a composer of contemporary music.