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For this epic record of absolutely beautiful dub techno, Quadrant stretches the barest essentials for techno to their extreme lengths. In addition to breaking the song down to its most minimal ingredients — bass beats, a sense of rhythm, and filtered high-end sounds — Quadrant also keeps the song thumping away for endless loops, only making the slightest changes in song structure. For over a minute, seemingly nothing will have changed: the rhythm will remain constant, the tempo will not change, the looped sounds will seem locked in place, and the filtered high-end sounds will stay linear. Yet when the songs last over 15 minutes each, there doesn't need to be much change. Subtle shifts every few minutes go undetected as the listener remains unconsciously mesmerized by the body-shaking low-end sounds emanating from his or her subwoofer. This is body-engulfing music that is intended to cast a sedate spell over the listener, constructing a lengthy journey into one of Basic Channel's landmark records.


Formed: 1993 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Basic Channel has become synonymous with a brand of stripped-down, ultra-minimal techno almost devoid of musical substance or intent. Both artist and label, Basic Channel was established by Berlin-based producers Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald (aka Maurizio) in 1993, and the pair have unhurriedly developed a slim but adored catalog of releases under such names as Cyrus, Phylyps, q1.1, Quadrant, Octagon, and Radiance -- working a single-minded concept of nearly featureless machine music ("nearly,"...
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