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Best Available Technology - Excavated Tapes 1992-1999, Vol. 2
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Best Available Technology

Excavated Tapes 1992-1999, Vol. 2


Released: 1st June 2015 | 10 track ambient album

Astro:Dynamics drops the second volume of 'Excavated Tapes' from Portland, Oregon's Kevin Palmer aka Best Available Technology. Palmer had been quietly making music using his array of second-hand samplers and FX for over two decades, though upon the first volume's release in May 2013 he had only just started to raise his head over the parapet with releases on the Opal Tapes (MCMXCI, Huerco S.) and Further Records (Hieroglyphic Being, Ekoplekz) imprints.

Culled from a mass of old cassettes, on which Palmer had recorded his various drum-machine jams and abstract audio explorations, that were left sitting up in his attic gathering dust, these recordings provide a unique snapshot of Palmer's mid-90s studio time.

Many of the tracks you will find on this release were created and improvised completely in the moment. 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 reconstucting - in other cases the tracks are more fully formed, one of multiple different takes of a more considered compositions.