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Album Review

Recorded and remixed in bits and pieces over a four-year period, the second album by Dean de Benedictus under the project name Surface 10 mixes influences from the prog rock side of ambient electronica (it's not a stretch to imagine the last track, "Defrag Harvest Nocturn (DHN)," on a Tangerine Dream or Orb album) with the challenging experimentalism of the best IDM. These tracks are built on complex, cacophonous samples, most often processed into unrecognizable forms and shaped into sound collages like the noisy, spiky, opening track "This Will Sting." Yet even at its most aggressively experimental, In Vitro Tide is never merely harsh or noisy; there's real beauty in songs like the gently throbbing "Littt," or the spooky but engrossing "It Utters In Stealth," and at times, de Benedictus slips into genuinely funky beats as in the outstanding "Service 10 Rendered," which mixes Art of Noise-style basslines with a wild tape collage breakdown section and liberal found-sound voice samples. In Vitro Tide is intriguing, often outstanding stuff.

Customer Reviews

This is how it is done

Surface 10 In Vitro Tide had been in my collection of music for years now. In LA, a land of commercialized electronic music unprepared for innovation and under the radar talent, this beautiful work of art for the ears will take you along for a ride. Farewell Microscapes (my favorite), is a powerful song that takes on shape, and tangibility of one who may feel tiny. The CD takes you from cradle to grave, on an introspective journey. To escape the world view and burst out with something to say profoundly. This CD does burst out and the artist is clearly trying to tell us all something. But what he may tell you, could be something very personal, and only for you. That is how In Vitro Tide captures you, speaks to you, and the music can carry you away. This is something long lost from electronic music. Bravo!

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