Elec­tronic

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The real rich­ness comes in the push and pull be­tween am­bi­ent pulses, rhyth­mic wob­bles and de­con­structed elec­tron­ics

TYONDAI BRAX­TON

Hive1 ★★★

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Tyondai Brax­ton was for­merly with math-rock­ers Bat­tles, and his pre­vi­ous solo fare saw him div­ing head-first into the realms of the clas­si­cal/elec­tronic avant-garde with some daz­zling re­sults. Hive1, ini­tially part of a 2013 en­sem­ble per­for­mance and ar­chi­tec­tural in­stal­la­tion at New York’s Guggen­heim Mu­seum, is a fine ex­am­ple of Brax­ton’s fas­ci­na­tion with that edge or blur be­tween new-school elec­tronic machi­na­tions and old-school clas­si­cal con­tours. There are nods here and there to mod­ern com­posers, but the real rich­ness comes in the push and pull be­tween am­bi­ent pulses, rhyth­mic wob­bles and de­con­structed elec­tron­ics. There’s not quite enough to war­rant a rave – the eight-part suite was, no doubt, a much dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence in the Guggen­heim set­ting. Still, there’s enough to mark Brax­ton out as a com­poser with a real spark of adventure to his work. tyondaibrax­ton.com JIM CAR­ROLL

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