08. October 2005

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

FreeForm (Live) | elektronics, visuals

Brighton-based Simon Pyke alias FreeForm released his unofficial debut under the Autechre-label skam in 1995; one year later “Prowl” ended up at WARP. There he soon left the pre-existing patterns behind, put his feet and his musical drafts in dub and industrial on the ground and extended them into the space-funk-dimensions of Herbie Hancock. While the resulting beat complexes switched between abstract and sweat-inducing, he had collected field recordings for the 2001 DCD “Audio Tourism Vietnam/China” (Quatermass)—acoustic postcards that Bill Laswell and Jan Jelinek transferred to their remix machines.

In FreeForms the filed grooves are constantly falling apart and into each other: the “science of the beat”, which is more related to electronica than to disco. “Beat de-constructors” along the lines of Squarepusher, Funkstörung, or Luke Vibert would offer themselves as references, since FreeForm also aims at isolating rhythmical and percussive elements with electronic means until they rule the composition. His release catalogue includes a whole dozen of fulltime records, released under different labels such as Worm Interface, Headphone, Sprawl, and SubRosa, proving Pyke’s great diversity. With his recent work “Outside In” he connects to old times: the album was again released under skam. Yet, it was not a trip into the past, but an abstract dance electronica busted with jazz and alienated guitars—status quo algo-rhythms. And as always, unforeseeable—free form, indeed.

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© Freeform