Circuits Of Omission is an extraordinary 45 RPM album of solo electronic music by NZ’s great contrarian, Bruce Russell. The pieces were all created using machines built by Clinton Williams, whose musical work under the OMIT moniker has long been championed by Bruce.
Unlike many of OMIT's own recordings, which contain kosmiche extensions recalling the ’70s work of Klaus Schulze, the 15 improvised Sonatas presented here mix a few of those sorts of sounds with a variety of more harshly-edged tones.
There are also post-techno references recalling the work of folks like Scott Foust and Stefan Jaworzyn, in addition to the artists to whom some of the pieces are dedicated — musicians Ralf Wehowsky and Martin Rev — as well as philosopher Paul Feyerabend.
As with much of Russell’s music, the music’s surface feel is restless and questing. The pieces often feel as though they were devised while attempting to answer specific questions or notions that Bruce was wrestling with.
Russell has come up with another album that ends up being both about itself, and also about something big and conceptual that keeps fidgeting just outside our brain’s grasp.
Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM Limited Edition of 440.
A1 Sonata Number 5 (The ‘Detroit Sonata’) 1:46
A2 Sonata Number 8 (Martin Rev) 1:59
A3 Sonata Number 2 (The ‘Oslo Sonata’) 1:00
A4 Sonata Number 19 For Tremolo 1:38
A5 Sonata Number 9 1:45
A6 Sonata Number 12 For Ralf Wehowsky 1:52
A7 Sonata Number 13 For Double Wah (#2) 2:13
A8 Sonata Number 18 (The No-Input Sonata) 1:35
B1 Sonata Number 11 For Graphic EQ Fuzz 1:21
B2 Sonata Number 1 For Dipolar Switch 1:19
B3 Sonata Number 20 Cross-Modulation 1:50
B4 Sonata Number 14 (Paul Feyerabend) 1:43
B5 Sonata Number 7 For Double Wah 1:49
B6 Sonata Number 16 (The Colorsound Sonata) 2:45
B7 Sonata Number 21 (The Lyttelton Sonata) 2:03