Tomas Phillips (b. 1969) is a composer, novelist, and teacher whose sound work focuses on improvisational performance and minimalist through-composition.
He began composing electronic music in the early 90s, releasing limited edition cd-rs under such monikers as Sea Optic, Lisbon and Eto Ami (with Dean King), and also created music for installations and collaborations in dance and theatre.
Dean King (b. 1970) began experimenting with tape loops, drones, and multitracking in the late '80s, and soon focused on musique concrète and systems-based pieces.
As technology became more powerful and less expensive, he developed computer- based methods.
His current work is based on a minimalist aesthetic and centers around the processing and manipulation of field recordings.
Dean's musical interests include grain-based effects, narrow-band filtering, and live improvisation.
Their aim of this album was the achievement of a balance between digital and non-digital sound and a functional recognition of their differences in terms of utility and signification. Whilst computer technology remains central to their work, they make an effort to locate composition within a space of physicality.
Hence the use of acoustic instrumentation and field recordings gathered on the periphery of laptops, they seek to foreground the act of listening in the slowly evolving tradition of microsound, without precluding the possibility of active and engaged harmony.
Best minimal electronic.
Old Europa Cafe AVS