Aidan Baker
Tonstreifen


3.0
good

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
September 3rd, 2011 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


Aidan Baker is at it again. Another full length sprung out of nowhere (I think it's his fifth of the year but I may be wrong) and Baker manages to challenge my conceptions of the genre he is a part of as well as his music itself. Tonstreifen is a two part album that is both conceptually fascinating and aesthetically dull. While ambient music takes a certain kind of person and a certain kind of mood to be truly enjoyed, Tonstreifen manipulates the genre's formula, retaining all of its repetitive elements but foregoing typical texturing and atmosphere. The style here can simply be categorised as 'constant' - it takes one particular melody, locks itself into a groove and just plays that melody over and over again. There exists a very subtle variation within either track, one in which the intensity is increased ever so slightly. To sum it up as succinctly as possible, Tonstreifen sounds like a New Order intro stuck on repeat.

While this may seem a 'boring' experience to some, there is something very hypnotic about this record. When the groove locks itself in, so does the listener. There is little variation throughout the album, only in the smallest changes to each song as they progress. The two songs, 'Ton' and 'Streifen', come as two parts of a whole. They are remarkably similar in all aspects, except that the melody itself is somewhat different. This then leaves Tonstreifen with two elements that define it: first, the forced repetition, or 'constant' if you will, of the melody, and second, the transition between the two songs. Said transition represents a lag in the first song, a slight hesitation which then transforms itself into the next calmative sequence. This piece of music is not for everyone, including fans of Aidan Baker. It makes for excellent background music, but for those dedicated enough, it also can represent an insightful form of hypnosis.



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rasputin
September 3rd 2011


14544 Comments


shitty review but wateva i do wat i want

YetAnotherBrick
September 3rd 2011


4449 Comments


not a bad review at all

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2011


16137 Comments


Jeez, this guy is relentless. Great commentary here. Short and to the point. Nice work again, Rasp.

rasputin
September 3rd 2011


14544 Comments


cheers bruz

MO
September 4th 2011


18683 Comments


Good review man.. gonna listen

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2011


16137 Comments


I have a lot of respect for this guy's ingenuity and audacity toward questioning the essence of music and essentially evolving it.

Spare
September 4th 2011


5308 Comments


Tonstreifen sounds like a New Order intro stuck on repeat.
awesome

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daIceman
September 4th 2011


401 Comments


2 songs? ? ? seriously WHAT?

Idnuf
September 4th 2011


1491 Comments


oh god

Spare
September 4th 2011


5308 Comments


2 songs? ? ? seriously WHAT?
i'm not sure why you're so intensely puzzled. the two songs go for 13 and 17 mins respectively. this is not a big deal

Meatplow
September 4th 2011


5524 Comments


it's so unheard of

Spare
September 4th 2011


5308 Comments


? ? seriohsly WAHT? ??!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2011


31169 Comments


i'm not sure why you're so intensely puzzled. the two songs go for 13 and 17 mins respectively. this is not a big deal


Oh man, progressive ambient? What???

Nice work Berkay



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rasputin
September 4th 2011


14544 Comments


i like the structure and execution of the album more than i like the music itself. don't think i quite expressed that in the review.

lobby
September 4th 2011


1251 Comments


Why is Only Stories not in the database, thats the one i was going to check out

sifFlammable
September 4th 2011


2741 Comments


theres heaps of aidan's releases that are not in the database

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2011


16137 Comments


Why is every Merzbow album not in the database?

wabbit
September 4th 2011


7000 Comments


challenge accepted.


This sounds like one of those albums that is really cool to listen to once.

lobby
September 4th 2011


1251 Comments


just surprised, Only Stories was the most well-received 2011 release by him

rasputin
September 5th 2011


14544 Comments


i was thinking of reviewing only stories but i didnt

too late for anyone to care now



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