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Best Available Technology

Excavated Tapes 1992-1999, Vol. 1

Astro:Dynamics

Released: 6th May 2013 | 8 track leftfield/idm album

Following last week's release from Lotide, May 6th will see Kevin Palmer (pka Best Available Technology) make his debut on Astro:Dynamics. Palmer is a Portland, Oregon based artist, who has been quietly making music using his array of second-hand samplers and FX for over two decades now, but is only now starting to get the attention he deserves with recent releases on the acclaimed Opal Tapes (MCMXCI, Huerco S.) and Further Records (Hieroglyphic Being, Ekoplekz) imprints.

This is the first volume of a series entitled 'Excavated Tapes 1992-1999'. BAT had a mass of old cassettes onto which he had recorded his various drum-machine jams and abstract audio explorations sitting up in his attic gathering dust, so we began a process of converting the cassette audio to digital audio and gradually filtering out the most interesting bits and pieces.

As a result, many of the tracks you will find on this release were created and improvised completely in the moment, and recorded direct onto cheap blank cassettes between the years of 1992 and 1999. At times with nothing more than the intention to sketch the outline of a new idea, or manipulate a sampled loop with a view to later chopping out sections, loading them up into the SP12, and reconstructing - in other cases the tracks are more fully formed, one of multiple different takes of a more considered compositions.