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Album Review

Neil Ollivierra takes a more clinical approach to Detroit techno on Black Buildings, but don't take that as a negative. Whereas Soundtrack (313) was based on field recordings of the city, this album exists outside of any specific geographic location, breaking free of the limitations inherent in the "Detroit techno" genre. Black Buildings is a subtle and simply fantastic slice of early 2000sambient techno. Simple keyboard lines establish and then interweave, gentle bass and beats rumble around in the low end, and the generally blissful ambience of the album slowly permeates the room it is played in over 70 minutes. "Gathering Light" is a highlight, with a gentle but insistent melody line repeating over a soft, luxurious bed of synth pads. This is an excellent release from an artist who really should release more material.

Customer Reviews

So Good...

This album is amazing. A true masterpiece from start to finish. Please please put Soundtrack (313) on iTunes! DEC needs more listeners!

i always look for more DEC

This seems to have more songs than the early CD version. As always some of the most emotive detroit ambient techno you will hear. he really should make more music

Extremely Unique

There are a lot of common ambient techno albums out there, and this isn't one of them. There's personality that bleeds through, and repeated listenings doesn't bore me, but instead grows and matures. There's a sense of great thoughtful experimentation going on. I wish there were more albums out there. I miss em.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Neil Ollivierra is the Detroit Escalator Co., whose cosmic down-tempo landscapes paint detailed audio pictures of his native Detroit. From his role in the first wave in Detroit and taking part in Transmat, Derrick May's label, Ollivierra saw techno evolve from its earliest stages. Ollivierra's novel Reality Slap focused on his early days in the scene and adventures as a young socialite and part of Transmat. Though demand for the book was high, it was never legally published, as Ollivierra never sought...
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