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  • Release Date 2014-03-28
  • Label HANDS
  • Catalog HANDD185
Rafael Espinosa returns with his 5th album in 10 years – a kind of anniversary so to speak. "Data Transmission" is packed to the brim with 17 tracks and nearly 80 minutes of sound intending to abduct you into a retro-futuristic fiction. Ideas of an imagined futuristic industrial music crop up in your mind, of huge transatlantic copper wires, of old-fashioned fiercely humming microwaves, men in protective gear with Geiger counters, a world in sync with progress. As opposed to previous albums, Geistform mostly refrains from using upfront rhythms on "Data Transmission", but instead creates an electrifying steady flow of sound. From the opener "M-Metric" with its low key beat patterns to the stipulating conclusion "Direction" this album works as an entrancing whole, sucking you into its world of minimal beat patterns and acutely buzzing analogue noise. Miraculously you find yourself nodding your head more and more steadily as it goes – "Data Transmission" is a classic piece of Geistform, working in a tradition of the likes of Kraftwerk, fellow countrymen Esplendor Geométrico, label mates Orphx, Pan Sonic, Sleeparchive and in certain moments the minimalism of Raster-Noton as influence but of course without sounding like any of them. Geistform have created an album out of time, not linked to a specific genre or era, totally devoted to its intention of data transmission - which is in essence communication. It will remain an eternal enigma how music that's so abstract and contained on the surface can generate such a groove and stir the emotions of so many.

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Data Transmission

  • Geistform
  • Release Date 2014-03-28
  • Label HANDS
  • Catalog HANDD185