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  • Audio CD (21 July 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: M
  • ASIN: B000003SXS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
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Format: Audio CD
Maurizio was busy producing minimal electronic pieces
long before the term was invented as a Techno
sub-genre. Such exquisite electronica
deserves an equally perfect
and minimal review.
So here goes...


















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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95ffba8c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x963176c0) out of 5 stars Fundamental - Essential 30 Mar. 2003
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a sample of material originally released by Maurizio on the M label, under the mother label Basic Channel.
Characteristics of this music are: minimal, relatively slow, abstract, deep, dub-influenced techno.
A basic underlying idea of Basic Channel material seems to be a regular repetitive line, mixed with repetitive but irregular sounds. In Maurizio this is expressed with a steady 4/4 back-beat, layered with a set of sounds and echoes that repeat but transform and appear less regularly.
The music of Maurizio's M label is a milestone in the history of techno music. At the same time it has magnificent depth and an energetic bouncing bass drum. It leaves you with a feeling that the producer has a rich source of inspiration and complete control over his music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96317714) out of 5 stars Great music -- Extremely inaccurate reviews 7 April 2009
By Raymond Hovey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Where to start --
As others have mentioned, the music on this CD is a compilation of previously released 12" vinyl, and has been highly influential on various producers of dub and/or minimal techno.
The music is great!
But, as these tracks appear in edited form, I'd recommend purchasing the entire Maurizio back catalog in its original (unedited) vinyl form.

Now to debunk some of the misinformation contained in a review by SW --

Basic Channel, as a label, basically ceased to exist after their ninth 12" release "Phylps Trak II" way back in 1994.
There have been two CD compilations - "BCD" in 1995 & "BCD-2" in 2008.
But no NEW material released on the label, on vinyl, since 1994.
However, there have been two reissued 12" releases of material that originally appeared on Carl Craig's Planet E label: "Infinition/Hyperprism" a 12" under the Quadrant alias; and "Remake"(basic reshape)/"The Climax"(basic reshape) - two mixes of tracks by Craig under his Paperclip People alias.

The Basic Channel family includes the sub-labels M (for Maurizio's releases); Rhythm & Sound; Burial Mix; Chain Reaction; Wackies and Basic Replay -- the latter two focusing on reissuing late 70's & early to mid-80's reggae and dancehall. Check Basic Channel's webpage: ([...]) for a full discography of all their labels releases.

Mark Ernestus & Moritz von Oswald, who make up Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound have never been based in Detroit - even though some of their early 12" releases were pressed in the motor city. Their offices are located in Berlin at Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, 10999.
The building not only houses their Hard Wax record store, but - being the vinyl purists they are - also their own mastering/pressing plant for vinyl - Dubplates & Mastering. All the vinyl releases under the Basic Channel umbrella are pressed to vinyl right there in Berlin.
Both D&M and Hard Wax have easily accessible websites.

Maurizio is an alias for Moritz von Oswald's solo work and is also used to credit his various remix work -- although I don't discount any contributions from Mark Ernestus.

As for Maurizio's back catalog being unavailable on vinyl - this is also untrue.
Going to the Hard Wax homepage and clicking on the listing for Basic Channel should allow you to purchase any of Maurizio's seven 12" releases - from the first 12" ("Ploy") released back in 1991, to the last ("M-7") released in 1997 - (along with all nine Basic Channel 12" releases, too).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96317b4c) out of 5 stars Why has no one reviewed this? 24 April 2006
By Jelly Roll Jam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's good, uhhhh huhhhh. Like mac & cheese. Like sunny days off. Like a bottle of water the morning after. Techno. Real techno. Get it. Really. Without a doubt some of the best techno ever. Every song is good. Every single one. How often does that happen? And it took long enough to release these. I've had a couple of them on vinyl since forver, but my car and my turntable don't get along. (mostly because I'm lazy, but whatever) If you don't know this, you should.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96317f18) out of 5 stars Good enough to influence Detroit 24 Dec. 1999
By Ligament - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is essential techno listening. Maurizio are TWO people from berlin, not one person as has been mentioned in other reviews. While so much european techno is an attempt to follow the model set forth by Detroit in the mid-eighties, Maurizio (and Basic Channel) is one of the ONLY european techno acts to influence DETROIT techno. Absolutely essential if you have any interest in techno at all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x960a760c) out of 5 stars buy this now 24 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Maurizio is probably the most brilliant producer alive today. He skirts that interzone between deep tech-house, dub, and ambient. Buy anything that this man is even remotely involved in (i.e. everything on Basic Channel, Chain Reaction, etc.) Check out his new project Rhythm and Sound (more on the dub side of things). And don't forget: BUY VINYL!
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