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Ouput 2003
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The Devil in the Design is Toronto based electronic sound artist Phil (gwyn) Ogison. Mr. Ogison has been dabbling in the electronics since 1966, toying around with draw organs, frequency generators and tape loops. In the 70's, Ogison graduated to experimenting with synthesizers and has since begun to incorporate the sum of all his electronic learnings with the sounds of acoustic instruments like guitar and fretless bass. Over the years Mr. Ogison has developed a unique organic-industrial-electro-acoustic sound that always manages to comes across sounding human and sincere, an accomplishment that many electronic artists fail to ever achieve. Output 2003 is an mp3 compilation/collection of three 2003 The Devil In The Design recordings organized into 3 separate folders/albums. The first folder on the Cd is Alone On The Beach, and it is three tracks of mellow serial composition which was inspired by a stroll on a North Carolina beach. This record is a slow-evolving ambient landscape piece that bubbles and oscillates beneath the listener’s skin. The sounds on Alone On The Beach are soothing, shimmering and they wash over you and into your ears as you lie beside the magnificent ocean. The lead track in this folder is a beautiful introduction to the entire collection of music contained on this CD. The second folder of this compilation disc is An Elemental In Nirvana. The first seven tracks in this folder are cut-up segues of found sounds and field recordings, interspersed with samples of vintage beat boxes. The pieces sound mechanical, but real - like composed coincidences happening in rhythmic and non-rhythmic patterns. “The Wandering Demons� is a hissy, rustling lo-fi track that documents the sounds of someone’s movements. “Don’t Follow, Just Let It Go Away� is an underground subway ride that rumbles an awesome subtle rhythm accentuated by electronic squirts and squiggles. Tracks eight to fourteen in the An Elemental In Nirvana folder were realized using additive and subtractive and graintable synthesis. These compositions sound more electronic and synthesizer based than anything else on the Output2003 compilation. These tracks are repetitive blips and clips punctuated by choppy synth-strings and cinematic drones. Songs like, “Cotton Nirvana�, weave repetitive electric piano lines with squirmy synthesizer noises to create a beautiful contrast in sounds, which meld together and then un-meld from each other, all in the same breath. The third folder of this mp3 collection is entitled Regard Disregard, which is comprised of 10 tracks wherein a pattern is established, with the first track, and that is used as the basis for the second, and the third is based on the addition of three to one and two, and so on.... These tracks flow into one another as you listen to them, they build up a musical collective unconsciousness as they evolve and de-evolve into one another. Every song feels like you are hearing a mirror image of the previous track, but every time a new layer exposes itself, revealing a greater musical depth. An interesting experiment in wallpapering tracks. The results are a joy to listen to. The sound of the music contained in the Regard Disregard folder is the perfect book end finale to the Output2003 compilation. The Devil In The Design has carefully choreographed an extensive mp3 collection that plays to the listeners ears and resulting moods. Definitely a joy to listen to all the way through or in little tiny pieces. The Devil In The Design is intelligent music filtered through years of experience and untold wisdom. To find out more - www.worthyrecords.com and www.room101.net

By L Pounds
May 3, 2004

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