Tales from the Control Room by Alan Starck may be the soundtrack for a mad scientist planning on creating a fusion installed refuge cabin inside of a mountain. See right there that outer realm is what gives Starck his humor-based electronic guides. But please, don’t take him any less serious than purposed; Starck just has the capacity to open any part of the room into his own creative endeavor. So the opening track “Peeling,” which not only fits the criteria but gives you a heads up as to what you will experience. Throughout his track-list you’ll come across what can only be detailed as a telescope eye view of what you could see through your life.
“Grime” has become a personal favorite for its utter relentlessness of embodied sound. Engineered with a full sound, contrasted with broken beats, followed by the old school clap in time with the beat reference. I mean for Ominim Records to sign outside of the charted area of mainstream, the label not only takes a chance but so does the artist. And it is clear that Starck has stuck to his battered guns to introduce a new possibility in electronic/ambient engineering. What gives a song life to breathe, is a playful person to actually not care at all about whether it's dark and poetic. If the piece wants to come across as such it will but Tales from the Control Room gives so much more. You will be excited by the fact that his recent album has 17 tracks, where the majority hits towards the four-five minute time slot. So not only are you going to enjoy what people might consider a double-sided album, but you will receive a happy distortion of mixed-up sound proportion. And one last thing, if you think this is an album you can put on as background music, you are sorely mistaken. You’re made to pay attention and revel in the fruits of Starck’s labor.
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