Robert Hampson

Editions Mego

"Repercussions" may only be Robert Hampson’s second solo release under his given name, but his discography stretches back nearly three decades and includes time in Godflesh and Loop, solo offshoot Main, and collaborative work with Jim O’Rourke. Though none of these touchstones prepare you for the rich and imaginative acousmatic compositions that dominate "Repercussions." The album’s first two selections, the title track and "De la Terre a la Lune," were originally conceived as multi channel pieces commissioned by GRM and Espace Mendes France, respectively. They properly exude such a tradition, as each sound feels new, vibrant, and exciting through Hampson’s exquisite manipulation and abstraction of the source material. The third and final track features legible instrumentation in the form of a placid piano motif and wind recordings and, though different than the others, properly closes the album after nearly an hour of thrilling and sublime electroacoustic music. Appropriately, "Repercussions" arrives in both CD and 5.1 surround mix format. - Ryan Potts, Experimedia

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