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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Die Schachtel DSART06
Release Year: 2009
Note: re-issue in standard digipack
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.00

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Radioland is Stephan Mathieus long awaited 5th full length studio work, following his acclaimed The Sad Mac cd from 2004. Exclusively based on real-time processed shortwave radio signals, Radioland takes the listener on a carpet ride across endless, majestic shimmering landscapes. Radioland is a mesmerizing reflection on the bubble of information thats all around us, all the time, by one of the truly unique minds in today's abstract digitalia. [label info]

"Mathieu solo. Maybe the 'The Sad Mac' was the last one? I honestly don't recall. But of course things haven't been quiet for him. In the recent years he toured quite a bit with his 'Radioland' work. Here he plays with real time processed shortwave signals. Picking up from a simple receiver, feeding it into his self-built max-msp patches and transforming the signals into what is best described as 'Mathieu music'. Stephan Mathieu, whom I like to regard as one of the true masters of ambient glitch music, produces music here that is once again of absolute great beauty and expands beyond the 'softer' side of ambient music and goes into a bit more louder area, working with overtones created through multi-layering of such sounds. However, don't expect this to be harsh music or in fact static music. Mathieu knows how to move stuff around, finding small details in the music, amplifying them, lifting them out of the music and giving them life on their own. The minimalism of the godfathers of this kind of music (LaMonte Young, Palestine and Niblock) resonate through the computerized (but oh so warm!) version of Mathieu. What a great CD! And what a lovely package. A continuing peak in quality." [FdW / Vital Weekly]