Electronic music is still splintering and mutating. While artists like Autechre and Aphex Twin travel further into the digital abyss, others, like Chicago-based Joel Kriske and Marc Hellner (aka Pulseprogramming), are infusing a human element into their sound.
The duo's new record, "Tulsa for One Second," is a pliant dialogue between man and machine. Somber vocal tracks are layered over bubbling, skittering beats and synthesized handclaps. The opener, "Blooms Eventually," harmonizes a Vocodered vocal with a whispered one. The voices are bent and shifted at times, lending a rhythmic quality to the melody.
On the instrumental track, "Within the Orderly Life," a live cello honks and moans below layers of computerized strings. The moody tones evoke the desolate winter landscapes often associated with Icelandic electronic artists Mum and the ambient sound collages of U.K. band Boards of Canada.