That is exactly what Taylor Deupree does with the Kodomo piece, etching away the pop-infused original until what we hear are small bits echoed and looped, frayed and otherwise dissected.
Spunti Tecno, sonorità ambient e forse una sottile sfumatura di classica, insomma si, Kodomo regala un ascolto che merita
In his expanded version [of “Endless Waves”], he worked exclusively with the original tracks of the song, running them through his elaborate modular setup, working without any tempo
Deep and rich t extures are both built and torn down all at once by Kodomo, encasing a hermetic heart at its his revision’s core. For our seasoned electronic listeners, and fans of Boards of Canada, early Emancipator and Baths we’re highly recommending Kodomo’s remix to cut right through the Summer heat
Kodomo is classical music records he found randomly at a flea market and sampled here. But there’s nothing random about Kodomo’s arrangement of sparkling ambient electro, which has a mathematical precision to its arpeggiated synths patterns, distorted bass bends, and skittering beats that resembles a futuristic concerto from a robot symphony
Dark and brooding, this entire album flows seamlessly together, creating an audio masterpiece all of its own.
It slowly emerges into view out of the haze, before allowing a soft piano motif to come alongside. Everything is hushed and the reverb so omnipresent that you feel as if you breath too heavily it’s gossamer structure will be broken forever.
Mostly instrumental, Kodomo occasionally finds himself in more classifiable ares like post-rock, dub or funk, though these moments are fleeting at best, and he relies primarily on a progressive and atypical equation of electronica that uses pianos and acoustic guitars amid an arsenal of synthetic noise
Lots of long buildups & breakdowns, gradual progressions, and general electronic epicness. RIYL Jon Hopkins
Electronic musician Chris Child spent eight years of his childhood in Japan and those days remain a strong influence on him almost three decades later
Patterns & Light is a record that explores both ends of electronica, everything from creek-water ambience to swiftly-moving breakbeat. This is a sound that reaches from enchanted wandering in tall grass fields like Bonobo, to the deeply troubled post-rock muffled guitar of Lymbyc Systym
His projections of nature and intricate compositions really allowed me to let loose and free the spirit within. To be lost dancing in my own little world, I can think of few finer ways to end an evening.
This is incredibly precise stuff: every fluctuation of every note has been attended to
The result is hip-hop beats, classical moments and ’80s New Wave all meeting in an ambient and melodic fashion, succeeding in analog and digital proficiency that few could emulate.
Patterns & Lights’ sees Child continuing to build glacially elegant and rhythmically detailed arrangements, though there’s a discernibly dancefloor-centring aesthetic lurking beneath many of the twelve tracks
Definitely on the more melodic/rhythmic end of the Warp Records-influenced spectrum
What came from that is a vast array of ethereal textures derived from Bach, Shubert, Debussy and Chopin that Child simply re-contextualized before adding some more flavor with some incredible synth work.
There’s still that attention to detail which makes Kodomo’s tracks so interesting. But this album has a more obvious balance between electronics and neo-classical structures, especially apparent in the use of piano. There’s an awareness of the world that permeates the music, in ways more profound than simply using a Japanese word for your output.
Patterns & Light by Brooklyn-based electronica artist Kodomo is doing it right. He has put together an ambient opus that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
Patterns & Light provides a more-than-pleasurable listen, and the album clearly shows Child to be a gifted technician and producer
The new LP is a masterpiece in modern IDM, consisting of re-contextualized samples, mostly of the classical variety, found at various record stores and flea markets in Brooklyn, his new home
From the strange glitch-based softcore drum n bass of of “Red Giant,” to the minimal sound installation of “Orange Ocean,” the chill out of “Infinity Divided” and Trip Hop lethargically electro of “Holographic,” these songs will embody you with a new sense of reality.
"Orange Ocean," was given remix treatment by Anstam (who toured with Modeselektor and is on their label), who turns the IDM into something murkier and heavier
Beginning with a playful bell melody and a set of light pads, Loscil's rework gradually opens up, its elements expanding the sonic field as reverb and delay are added to nearly every corner of the track's dense aural landscape
If warm contemplative synths are something you're in the market for, stay a while. The water is fine.
Mind Like a Diamond is another great IDM track. A little bit darker than usual, with clattering, skippy beats and that Japanese air that permeates so much of his work. Class.
An interview I did with Artistdirect talking about the latest Endless Waves EP plus a few music heroes
An interview with Impose Magazine about inspiration and growing up in Japan
An interview with Big Up Magazine
An interview with the online music marketing and development company Seeds of Music.
An interview with Buenos Aires based magazine Panachic
An interview with the magazine Neufutur
Chris Child speaks with Death + Taxes on his second Kodomo album “Frozen Motion”
An interview in “The Hidden People” online magazine from my show in Barcelona.