Berlin’s Prequel Tapes project got its start with a trawl through its unidentified creator’s teenaged tape archives. Dusting off home-recorded DATs from his industrial adolescence, he channeled those inspirations into throbbing electronic abstractions, with no discernable timestamp whatsoever. He does something similar on his mix for Germany’s Groove Magazine, rearranging a lifetime’s worth of favorites—Nurse With Wound, Pan Sonic, Clock DVA, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds—mega-mix style in Ableton and topping it off with improvised drum-machine accompaniment from his TR-707. It’s a dense, perpetually shifting listen in which ambient soundscapes drift into slow-motion acid, and distorted drum crunch fades to the pulsing woodwinds of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. With up to four tracks layered at any given point, it guarantees that you’ve never heard the source material quite like this before.
Prequel Tapes – Groove Podcast 122
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