Monday, 11 February 2013

TM404 – TM404 (Kontra-Musik)

Roland equipment:
One MC-202 MicroComposer
Four TB-303 bassline synthesisers
Four drum machines (two 606s, a 707 and an 808)

'Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.'  - G.K. Chesterton

Andreas Tilliander in Roland-only mode creates fantastic mood pieces on this album. Not ambient, but fluid, subtle, sometimes even funky (in the techno sense, like Kraftwerk stuck in a lift with Bernie Worrell, but not quite that good), always trance-inducing, but not in some hippy-dippy Trance way; mesmerising is a better word, perhaps, as we bath in the warm tones that wriggle and weave throughout - hints of  Basic Channel, the understated bump and grind of Roland gear getting frisky - balmy bass lines expounding the low-end theory amid luxurious reverberations - penthouse Acid for mature listeners who would rather recline than rave...and that's a recommendation.


  1. Speaking as a mature listener who enjoys nothing more than curling up of an evening with a cup of Earl Grey and a little penthouse acid, this is indeed marvellous stuff. I'm finding the track titles a bit of a mouthful though...

  2. Indeed, which is why I didn't bother to name any in this post!


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