Bad Sector - Raw Data
"The goal was to create interesting soundscapes that have no link to human manufacts/intentions: they just sound like directly recorded from sort of special, non musical device. Only apparently cold, their macrostructure is so complex that a top-level macrostructure is totally unnecessary". So says Massimo Magrini, the prime mover behind bad sector. "raw data" is the product of that goal.
Originally released in 2007 for an interactive webpage, "raw data" is a series of eleven short transmissions (with titles like "alpha," ‘beta," "gamma," ‘iota," etc), which vary from light industrial to radio-like frequencies with slight tonal variations or added glitches and pulses. Overall, this is pretty laconic and non-evasive, meditative but this set is easily monotonous if you don't stay with it. Distraction is not this 3"'s friend.
For fans of electronic music, "raw data" offers more brooding minimalism from one of the best artists in the genre, one who has been recording and performing for quite some time. For the casual listener, bad sector does not provide easy or, depending on your taste, any listening. I fall on the former side, and as a fan of the genre, I found this to be a competent, if not too challenging, sonic effort.
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