1. HyperEx Machina - NotCage
2. HyperEx Machina - Dec Inc 2:28
3. HyperEx Machina - I am HyperEx Machina 6:11
4. 4m33s - Atomsphere 9:16
5. HyperEx Machina - Divine Flow with Cold Joy 5:25
6. 4m33s - The Ritual part 4 10:21
7. HyperEx Machina - Dark Ages 3:57
8. 4m33s - Neuronium 9:43
9. HyperEx Machina - Lest We Forget 4:44
10. HyperEx Machina - 4 Seasonings (Herbs) 2:49
11. HyperEx Machina - Hyper13 4:20
12. 4m33s - Daliesque Cloud Formation 12:47
Free with every copy of 'Notting
Hill' is the Bonus Album,
one more live track, then the huge ambient jam
done the following
day in HyperEx Machina's studio, and
finally an alternative version
of the 4m33s classic 'Atomsphere'
HyperEx Machina - Fanfare (live at Notting Hill) 5:16
2. 4m33s and HyperEx Machina - The Afternoon
(after the night
3. 4m33s – Atomsphere (Electrons version) 12:31
Comments and reviews ....
We start with a very effective track 'NotCage'. A nice little
melody stands in isolation echoing into the distance. A
slightly overdriven bass twang comes to join it followed by
lovely electronic shimmers. Soft drones take us into 'Dec Inc'.
It's a rather relaxing piece with something of a symphonic feel.
Percussive piano acts as a bridge to 'I am HyperEx Machina'.
The tranquillity from before is still here but there is a slightly
edgier feel. A melodic guitar loop strikes up along with wispy
unintelligible chatter, pads swelling underneath.
The baton is now passed from HyperEx to 4m33s as we float
into 'Atomsphere'. A tinkling little loop is the main focus
throughout the track though there is constant shift to the
backing sounds. It all becomes quite hypnotic actually.
For the next 5 tracks we alternate between HyperEx and
4m33s so the baton is handed back for 'Divine Flow with Cold
Joy'. The pace quickens as a chugging sequence nestles in
the middle of the mix. At about the half way mark we get a
passage of carefree drift before fore a squelchy rhythm takes
us closer to the end.
On 'The Ritual Part 4', fizzing high register drones give way
to a really big church organ sound which eventually fades
back to atmospherics. At first all is quite calm and relaxed
but tension builds with a hissing sound, sonic rumbles and
whooshes then metallic percussion, all going together to give
things a rather uneasy feel. Quite out of the blue, with just
over a minute to go, in comes a quite delightful melodic loop.
A lovely way to finish.
`Dark Ages' is all rather moody with a repeated slow four note
motif providing some structure over which a rhythm bounces,
the motif developing into a more substantial melody as we go.
'Neuronium' must surely have been inspired by the group as
there are a couple of very familiar melodies in there that I really
should be able to identify but just don't have time to blow the
dust off my old vinyl. I am sure they are fairly early though.
4m33s has put it all together very nicely.
The next three tracks are all by HyperEx Machina 'Lest we
Forget' is a very pleasant track with a hint of melancholy.
The lead line uses a curious sound, sort of half way between
keyboard and guitar. A shuffling rhythm picks up the pace
nicely. '4 Seasonings extract (vl Herbs)' is a syncopated
track with a real mean edge. Quite a groove is developed,
just wish it could have gone on for longer. Muffled explosions
get 'Hyper 13' underway, then throbbing electronic machine
type noises and sonic twangs. An excellent lead and very
quirky rhythm certainly gives it oomph. It's all rather fun
actually, something I don't usually associate with HyperEx
4m33s finishes the first CD with 'Daliesque Cloud Formation'.
A slow steady bass drum provides the base for a high hat line
then deep rumbles and other loops. A high register sequence
also joins in the party. It's all rather melodic actually. Lead
lines become more prominent as we progress, as does
This CD is by far the most accessible of any disc I have
heard by either of these acts before.
The second disc is labelled as a Bonus Album and I did find
it a much more challenging listening experience.
Things start excellently with 'Fanfare' by HyperEx Machina.
A very appealing melodic flourish issues forth then a rapid
rotor blade type sequence comes to join it. Before we know
it the five-minute duration is up. 'The Afternoon (after the night
before)' combines both bands and begins with a rather urgent
sequence, though it is quite low in the mix. Things then speed
up, slow down and morph in various ways but it didn't really do
enough to keep my attention for its over fifty minute duration.
The final track is a different version of `Atmosphere', this time
by 4m33s. I still prefer the version from the first disc.
David Law / Synth
Music Direct / MusicZeit