PRINT April 1998



As the First World arms itself with fax machines, cell phones, and modems, the secret soundtrack of everyday life—the hiss and whine of digital circuitry—has become a source of inspiration for musicians. The core artists of Vienna’s MEGO label—Peter Rehberg, Ramon Bauer, and Christian Fennesz—are among the most intriguing practitioners of the new electronic minimalism. On the label’s first release, Fridge Trax EP, Pita (Rehberg) and General Magic (Bauer and Andi Pieper) manage to find the funk in the hum of kitchen appliances. Pita’s solo outing, “Seven Tons for Free,” follows suit, exploring the zone of indiscernibility between noise and music, accident and intention. “~/” features a series of ringing loops that pulse slightly out of phase with one another, producing a vertiginous experience of sonic space.

Guitarist Fennesz’ full-length debut, Hotel Paral.lel, ranges closer to the territory

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