[midlife 150] #145: tadeo “reflection nebula 056n”

February 22, 2010

#145 Reflection Nebula 056n by Tadeo (taken from Contacto, 2009)

Madrid-based minimal techno producer Miguel Sar operates as Tadeo, creating deep, dark, hypnotic, weightless, infinite beats that function as perfect sonic representations of the cosmic artefacts that make up the track titles of his debut album, Contacto, and the 12″s that preceded it (Reflection Nebula 056n was originally released in 2007 on the Cosmos EP).

As the opening refrain (reminiscent of Kraftwerk’s Ohm Sweet Ohm) recedes, a pulsating bass and syncopated deadened chime exert their gravitational pull on your attention. Soon your focus collapses in on itself as radar blips, static clicks and white noise gradually monopolise your inner cosmos.

As with any minimal art form, the less you bring to the experience the more you take away. Emptiness is fullness. Space is content. Absence is presence. Surrender is victory.

This review is part of close to 94 ‘s [midlife 150] series, which counts down favourite music 1970-2009.


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