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  • Audio CD (15 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B0000560C6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
This is dense, complex, dark music. Sound design features prominently, with a typical track containing a dizzying succession of countless unique sounds that never seem to repeat. The stream of sculpted sounds gleams, evolves and contorts, evoking the internal workings of mainframes, robotic servo mechanisms and alien technology, over fractured, pulsing backbeats. The compositions are vaguely organized into classical four-part structure, with themes surfacing occasionally through the matrix of interacting sounds: Devine is a classically trained pianist with an interest in more "academic" electronic composers such as Stockhausen, Morton Subotnik and Iannis Xennakis in addition to the usual suspects Coil, Meat Beat Manifesto, AFX, Autechre etc.
Apparently produced using a 6-computer setup with a heavy use of custom designed software, Devines work is at the edge of what is currently possible: the music embodies the sound of processing power...There is a consistently dark undercurrent to the music and little warmth save the heat from the cpu core, but depth and texture that demands deeper listening. Along with the companion cut, "Aleamapper", recommended for IDM fans.
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mmm.... well yes "Lip Switch" produced in 2000 from uber-techhead producer Richard Devine is one headrattling electronica album BUT,i LIKE it. its a fine example of where advanced computer programming +self-made electronica can go with enough will and talent. this cd is not for the casual coffee table beats fan -thats for sure. much like Aphex Twin or Alec Empire - it can grate, annoy but produce admiration +enjoyment in equal measure. the difference for me from say of the much-lauded Autechre (Ae), is that Devine on this release has a far keener sense of pulse + momentum than Ae. the complex beats (a kind of post-Photek beatsfest for the old minimal/techhead d+b heads out there) utilise far more advanced programming and boy does it show here. its almost math-electronica in its complexity BUT enjoyable in a head rinsing way. think of Autechre in a hurry and your partly there..

a fine example of where the near state-of ther art in IDM/dark electronica is/was in 2000.
also - Try Lesser's "Gearhound" or "Mensa Dance Squad" , Autechre's "Draft 7.30", u-Ziq's ("Lunatic Harness","In Pine Effect" lps, Squarepusher's early lps or Aphex twin "Drukqs" for more busy IDM beats. you owe me a pint now..
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Format: Audio CD
I bought this after hearing Kepter on the Warp website. 'Sounds odd' I thought. On the first listen, there were one or two tracks that leapt out, but the rest seemed to disappear. This is one EXTREMELY inaccessible CD.
But of course, it hit me eventually. Just like Ae's recent Confield, this album takes an Ice Age to get into, but it is definitely worthwhile. There is even less immediate melody here than on Confield, which is saying something, which means you have to work even harder to get anything rewarding out of it, but when you do, you can't help but smile. Best listened to in the dark, on your own, with no disturbances or distractions, and preferably in a slightly bemused state of drunkeness, or any state that allows you to immerse yourself completely in the music. Stand-out track, for me, is still my favourite from the first listen, Swap,Trigger, an unhinged slice of sheer noise that manages to convince your brain that it is a tune. Which is a remarkable and highly praiseworthy trick, if you ask me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like a thousand glasses shattering 26 Feb. 2001
By evenmoregeneric - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this albums simply mesmerizes through an abundance of sounds. these are almost all really dense electronic pieces, somewhat akin to autechre of aphex twin, but without the harmonic keyboard washes. there is very very little melody to be found here, which is quite all right with me. these are puttering apoplectic tirades of dense sampling that will probably not please those who stand in the 'autechre are too cold and not dancy enough' camp. though, i might mention there is a descernable 4/4 beat throughout, which is sort of my only complaint, but i don't think driving to it would be nearly as pleasurable if it didn't have some sort of rythmic force.
anyway, get this if you're interested in having a cascading pile of blips, beep, filtered scratches, and other asorted inorganic sounds hurled at you. a perfect soundtrack to your robot domination fatasy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glitch-Electro for boomcar blastin 10 Jan. 2002
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Format: Audio CD
Released on Warp for Europe, this mini-lp came out in America on Schematic. A scathing high speed DSP(digital signal processing) fest, this album seems absurd and mindless at first, but grows. The beats get tighter and the jittering explosion of granular stereo sound errors that frame them become more catchy as you listen. Then you start thinking about the structure. I played the second track for a friend of mine, playing the beginning and then fastforwarding to the "payoff" where the beat realty comes in half way. He immediately started counting.
"hey," he said after a minute, "that's a 28-part time signature!"
If you've got a system, represent. This is some of the phatest glitch/IDM out, and its from right in our own backyard! You can get it at NON IMPORT PRICES at any good local store-Support the American scene, buy Schematic™
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bleeped there, glitched that.. 15 Mar. 2001
By R Diaz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Machine music, though explored for decades, has grown exponentially in the past ten years; the abundance of computers, prolific artists and specialized labels, internet cliques of fans, and that DIY aesthetic lures producers now too numerous to count to the appeal of laptop punk.
Richard Devine is the latest maniacal manipulator, and fresh off remixes of Aphex Twin (for the Warp 10 Year Compilation), Slicker, and Phoenecia among others, he drops his full length album for Schematic.
The problem with Lipswitch lies in our audience expectations; in 2000, the notion of computer chaos for it's own sake no longer impresses awe and wonder. Over eight tracks Devine traverses the familiar territory of dense programming, simple synths and structureless glitchery, without delivering a statement of direction as an artist. Striving for occasional accessibility unveils promising pieces - witness the skittering drum and bass of "Kepter" - but ultimately this album disappoints because in a time of such sonic discovery Lipswitch shows we've bleeped there, glitched that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An abstracted mess of Glitchronica 9 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing Devines remix of "Come to Daddy" on a Warp Compilation and after reading a review which comapred Devine to Autechre. Unfortunately, the same flaws encountered on the remix I heard are present throughout this entire mini-album: the guy has absolutely no sense of musical structure. Almost every track suffers from Devine's obsession with trying to hurl as many improbable sounds into the mix as possible. The density of information becomes so overwheleming, there's nothing to focus on anymore: no point of reference for the listener. The only thing he shares in common with artists like Autechre and Aphex Twin (to whom he is often compared) is the fact that he creates his own unique sounds and textures via some complex synth programming. This album lacks any kind of artistic vision or verve. There's no real imagery going on at all: it's sound for sounds sake, ultimately sounding as if it had been churned out by a malfunctiong mainframe. In fact, it might as well have been.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 22 May 2001
By Joerg Colberg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I came across an article about Richard Devine in some local alternative newspaper and I got so intrigued that I bought the CD. This CD easily qualifies as a masterpiece of "abstract" electronic music. Every song seems to be based on many little sounds put together to form very interesting pieces of music. The CD is not that easily accessible as, say, a CD by Richard D. James. However, if you like Autechre, you'll like this CD, too. A stunning masterpiece!
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