[Microsound-announce] Andrew Duke--Consumer vs. User now available on CD on Phthalo

Andrew Duke andrew at andrew-duke.com
Wed May 24 12:21:46 EDT 2006

I am thrilled to announce that my Consumer vs. User album is out now and 
available on CD on California's Phthalo:

Phthalo has always been one of my favorite electronic music labels, and 
it is a priviledge to be on an imprint with faves of mine including 
Phthalocyanine, OST, Kit Clayton, Vladislav Delay, Massaccesi, Mimi + 
Boyd (ie Vapourspace and Punisher), Eight Frozen Modules (ie [a]pendics 
shuffle), Blectum From Blechdom, and many many more.

Consumer vs. User is rugged and rhythmic and raw, yet detailed and open 
and spacious, sort of like a distant cousin of my Sprung album--which 
was released on Bip-Hop and went on to be nominated for Album of the 
Year (Electronica) at the Canadian Independent Music Awards.  There's 
even DJ-friendly material on here, too (some straightforward, some more 

This album is mastered by Mark "Vapourspace" Gage, one of my early 
techno heroes, and features two collaborations with the USA's Massaccesi 
and a remix of a track from the UK's Tristan "Phonopsia" Watkins (a 
long-time 313-Detroit mailing-list member).

Here is what Phthalo's Phthalocyanine writes about this album:
"Consumer vs. User is Andrew's first appearance on Phthalo. It is a 
focused study, filling out unlikely accent schemes with abstract DSP 
techniques. The aesthetic is semi-derived from something reminiscent of 
classic Detroit minimal techno (I think of Terrence Dixon, Kevin 
Saunderson, and early Plus 8 stuff like the stark, controlled acid bass 
stabs of Heinrich Tillack AKA Sysex). I also however hear our label, 
Phthalo, embedded in this work, particularly references to the extensive 
exploration of heavily processed, raw, beaten-up drum machines given to 
us by O.S.T. (Chris Douglas) (e.g. Phthalo#09: O.S.T. Live @ Static) and 
Phthalocyanine (e.g. Phthalo#05: Phthalocyanine: Zacks e.p.) in the late 
90's. These ideas work here as the point of departure for a music that 
is meticulously arranged and much richer in variation than vernacular 
minimal techno, though much more 'moderate' than O.S.T.'s work. "

Stay tuned for details on a remix contest that will involve remixing one 
of the tracks from Consumer vs. User.  The best remixes will be released 
and there may even be some prizes.

Thank you.
Take care.

Andrew Duke
scoring/sound design/source
Cognition Audioworks label
[Andrew Duke, Foal, Clinker, Granny'Ark]

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