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Rimbaud's debut for grindcore-heavy Earache (licensed for domestic release by the Canadian Primitive label) is perhaps his most full-blown attempt at integrating the minimal cellphone ambience of his previous Scanner work and the breakbeat tech of remixes and side projects such as Mr. Cane and Si-(Cut).db. The album's longest tracks — beat-heavy tunes bearing heavy influence of electro, hip-hop, and funk — are spackled together with shorter vignettes of suitably intriguing snatched cellphone chatter, manipulated static and white noise, dial tones, etc. Still, while Rimbaud's efforts to downplay the by-now cliched methods of his namesake are admirable and quite often accomplished, it begs the question of what role they can possibly play in future recordings.

Biography

Born: 06 May 1964 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Battersea-based ambient composer Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner, took his curious pseudonym from his compositional tool of choice: the cellphone scanner. He quickly earned a reputation as a boundary-pushing experimentalist, wedding scanned vocal samples with sparse electronics and other textural elements that underscored the strain and isolation associated with modern telecommunications technology. Though Rimbaud worked increasingly toward other, more musical compositional...
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