DIEM 25 Anniversary
27 April 2013
Just like the title proclaims, this double-disc compilation collects electronic music produced at The Danish Institute of Electronic Music (DIEM) between the years 1987 and 2012. This is a rather broad selection of genres, featuring everything from experimental sound art to ambient electro-acoustic works to even techno and IDM, documenting twenty five years of artistic production completed at the institution. “The story of DIEM is ambiguous, extremely loud but still at the edge of the audible; a story about meeting with the conception of the sublime.
Among the twenty archived pieces I barely recognize a few names – among them a collaboration between Puzzleweasel and Richard Divine, which is a DSP-rich hypnotizing [and previously unreleased] glitch heaven. The earlier works preserve the sounds and production techniques of DIEM studio’s analogue equipment, such as the Otari MTR 90 24-track analog tape machine, Yamaha DX7 FM synth and Oberheim Xpander hybrid synth, and serves as a good aural resource for all electronic music history buffs. Fans of early electronica will enjoy.