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General Magic

“Unintentional electronica” duo General Magic could very well be the strangest, least stylistically constrained project in the Austrian Mego label’s roster. Produced by label bosses Ramon Bauer and Andi Pieper around once they set up Mego (GM’s cooperation with Peter “Pita” Bauer, “Refrigerator Trax,” was the initial Mego discharge), GM released a set of twelves on Mego, and a mini-LP (Live and Last Refrigerator) on Supply before launching the full-length Compact disc Frantz in 1997. (The record was recorded both in Austria and Germany, where Bauer maintains the label’s Berlin studio room, and contains resource material sampled from your rail line linking the two towns.) Like Panasonic and Autechre, General Magic limit their tonal color scheme to just a few categories of audio (drum machine, EQ, distortion, reverb) but have the ability to build tracks of beautiful detail and, in some way, variety, with affects (where they’re actually recognizable) including dub, funk, techno, ambient/electro-acoustic, and hip-hop. Much like those other organizations, the main element to General Magic’s achievement is definitely Bauer and Pieper’s achieved production, with actually the dirtiest, most artifact-laden of noises displaying a refined sheen which makes GM’s music frequently more fascinating after that affecting (although some of the group’s tunes are in fact quite shifting).

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