Projective Module – "Until It Finally Disappears"
(Black Note Music 2010, BNM 057)
From Aural Innovations #42 (May 2011)
Projective Module is a side project of electronic artist Juan Carlos Mendizabal, better known in music circles as Kyron. As Kyron, Mendizabal creates lush soundscapes often quite organic in nature despite their electronic origins. Rhythms do emerge, but the music of Kyron (what I have heard at least), is generally more focused on the ambient style.
Much of what Mendizabal brings to his music as Kyron can be heard here in these twelve Projective Module pieces, but this time he brings a stronger rhythmic base to the sound, the electronic percussion being much more in the forefront of the music. There is also less of a reliance on the atmosphere of the piece, and more on melody. You could almost say this music is Kyron with a bit more of a ‘pop’ sensibility, but I don’t think you’ll be hearing it on your local Top 40 station quite yet.
The twelve instrumental pieces are said to be manifestations of the music the gods composed for a tribe of mud people in a folktale, but they express themselves electronically in this dimension. Soft sequences and delicate electronic rhythms are interwoven with quiet, organic textures, glitchy sonic relics, dubby percussion and subtle melodies to create what one might consider a folk music for dance clubs.
Even though it tends to be more upbeat, fans of Kyron will certainly enjoy this album, as will fans of experimental electronic music done by artists like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher.
For more info, visit: http://www.myspace.com/projectivemodule and http://www.blacknotemusic.com
Reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald