ALBUM MUTE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 16, 2002 REVIEW: OCTOBER 16, 2002
Britain's Komputer seems to be a very conceptual band. Perhaps Komputer
is not a band at all, but a computer. A German one, of course, to accord
for the spelling and for the unmistakably German tint of the music it
The Komputer is running an emulator, kind of like the downloadable programs
that allow you to play old C64 games on your PC. The emulator can be set
at any point in music history, creating a perfect interpretation of the
sound. In 1998 this program was set in the Kraftwerk era, and a nice history
lesson was produced.
Moving the indicator needle forward all the way to the start of the new
millennium, the program creates an artistic, but not unduly demanding
presentation of the sound defect-obsessed genre of clicks’n’cuts.
According to reliable sources, the Komputer has been used to emulate the
sounds of both the
eighties and the nineties during the four years between “The World
of Tomorrow” and “Market Led”, but these products have
not been made available for our education.
As mentioned, the history of electronic music tends to become Germanized
in this Komputer, and again the data fed into the program seems to have
it’s origin there, with traceable input coming from Matmos and other
similar artists. Distinctive traits are disturbing everyday noises such
as those of electronic malfunctioning, mixed with beats and more friendly
sounds of pianos other regular instruments. Komputer offers us a pleasant
introduction, which leaves us hungry for the real challenge.