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BATCHAS - Explorations 85-95

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Monochrome Vision (mv14)
Release Year: 2007
Note: material from an old unreleased album plus re-worked & re-mastered tracks
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"Quite unexpected, but surely long awaited comeback of this mysterious Swiss-based project, returning to the musical scene with the new album released after ten years of oblivion. This is another masterpiece of minimal analogue synth-sound alchemy, a journey through Batchas acoustic world allocated in the deep space between two acoustic radiators of stereosystem. Release date is 1st June 2007. Limited edition of 500 copies in jewelcase." [label info]

"The good things about Monochrome Vision is that the covers (all in stark black/white) have liner notes and so I learned that Robert Masse, who was once the active force behind Batchas (as well as Freq 63, Mydaus, Trebor Semas, Microscope, Myiase and Mental Showdowns) is no longer active in music, but works as a flash developer. What a pity, certainly when we hear 'Explorations 85-95', which of course has material from this period. Each of his projects had a specific sound and Batchas hoovers about in the dark alley of highly atmospheric music. Played on a bunch of analogue synthesizers, this is darker than life mood music, sometimes going almost beyond the threshold of hearing. Great stuff, which calls back to memory his old records, or in fact the scene that came with it, the ambient industrial posse. Very music of that age - highly ambient, a bit industrial: we'd call that drone music these days." [FdW / Vital Weekly]