3 out of 5
Label: WéMè Records
Produced by: To-Nhan & Rudolf Klorzeiger
I’m positive I’m missing some requisite brain points for this, but, well, I just don’t get it. There’s notoriety here, with Dopplereffekt spinning out of the Drexciya camp – Donald Simpson being a contributor – and there’s absolutely some delightfully dark Detroit stuff in Dopplereffekt’s past, but the experimentations on Linear Accelerator are mostly beyond me, I guess.
According to the WéMè promo blurb, having reissued this on wax post its early 2000s CD debut, ‘Linear’ is inspired by “the high energy particle psychics being explored at DESY” – that’s the German Electron Synchrotron national research center in Germany – with cover art and LP-label imagery to match. The equations that make up the latter could be imagined to inform the stretches of noise that are big chunks of the A, B, and C-sides of this two LP set, and some of that stuff is pretty interesting, with B- and C- leaning in to damn good territory, but the other two sides mostly halt at interesting, then trickle in to repetitive.
‘Photo Injector’ (the 20+ minute A-side track) takes its time building up to some intense drone, but doesn’t do much of anything once its there, with its spiraling descension back in to minimalism trailing off into an intriguing sound of a distorted heartbeat. B-side’s 14-minute ‘Niobium Resonators’ ups the ante considerably, going for a full-on noise assault, circling in enough rhythm to make it a clearly composed bit of noise; it’s fascinating throughout. C-side’s Graviton is, again, rather stripped down and repetitive, but when it gets to its breaking point, Doppler whips out the cool, Detroit beats of Myon-Neutrino, possibly finally flicking the switch to cue some sounds of yore. Yes and no: the D-side’s two tracks (‘Z-Boson’ and ‘Higgs Mechanism’) give us some futuristic bleeps and bloops, but even at a comparatively short 8ish and 7ish minutes, the songs tend to loop and loop and loop, arriving at some layered sounds and not going much further.
Viewed as a whole, Linear Accelerator is undeniably interesting, and clearly thought out, with some definite chunks in the middle that are really compelling, but “interesting” doesn’t necessarily translate to something that sticks, or that encourages me to spin it again any time soon.