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Review: Michael Mayer, Immer

Resident Advisor, a website devoted to dance, club and electronic music, named Michael Mayer’s Immer as the best mix CD of the decade from 2000 through 2009.  Given the variety of music that Resident Advisor covers, putting together a numerically ordered list of the “Best” of a decade seems like a senseless exercise.  A mix designed to be played during peak hours on the main dance floor of a club will be substantially different from a mix designed to be played at sunrise out on the patio which, in turn, will be substantially different from a mix designed to showcase a particular type of music listened to at home.  A dubstep mix will be different from a space disco mix which will be different from a techno mix which will be different  . . .  The whole enterprise seems pointless.  (Resident Advisor did the same thing for best CD and best single of the decade).

Nevertheless, Immer was named as the best mix of the decade which I’ll take to mean the people at Resident Advisor tend to favor the minimal techno featured on Immer and that they think Immer is a particularly good example of this type of music.  Minimal techno tends toward quiet, stripped down arrangements that focus more on rhythm than melody or harmony.   Vocals are typically not stressed and timbres are used that have clearly been electronically produced.  I think that Resident Advisor has it right that Immer is a particularly good example of this style of music.

Unfortunately, Immer gets off to a particularly poor start with second track “Gamma Limit” by Audision which is so minimal and so repetitious that I was once asked to check the CD player to see if it was stuck in a loop while “Gamma Limit” was playing (I’m not making this up).  Fortunately, the mix improves from there.

Mayer has said that he prefers the type of mix where songs are fairly cleanly sequenced without a lot of additional material provided by the mixer and Immer reflects this approach to mixing.  Mayer does a nice job of sequencing without intrusion and both the variety of tracks and the variety within each track are well beyond what “Gamma Limit” leads you to expect.

Immer is a highly regarded example of minimal techno and once I got past “Gamma Limit” I found it an enjoyable listen.

Rocket No. 3 by A Rocket in Dub from Immer

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06/03/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , , ,

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