What hath Nomad (aka Adam Plack) wrought?
With a few exceptions, this is a CD of high speed techno dance tracks, segued together into essentially one continuous wall of sound. In fact, I frequently had to check the display on my CD player to know when a new track had begun!
The unifying element on all tracks is the sound of the didjeridoo,
though I hesitate to say that there is much actually didjeridoo
"playing" on this disc. With the exception of a few transitional
drone breaks, most of the didj work on this CD consists of samples
of various short didj grunts and braps woven into the rhythmic
tapestry... just one more element in the non-stop beat. And except
for the didj timbres, there is not much here to distinguish this
collection from most other techno dance disks.
The standard elements are all here... percolating synth bass
tracks and blippy arpeggios, studio trickery like rhythmic echos
and swirly reverb washes, all laid over drum machine beats and
percussion loops. Some hallmarks of the individual tracks include
breakneck "jungle" beats on Gurrupurung by Gondwanna and Anyway
I Tell Ya, by Ganga Girl (along with a few sampled horn stabs
for good measure), vocal chants on Awowedas by Lost at Last, subtle
guitar loops on Didge-Na-Gig by Global. Andy Graham's Thunder
includes some organic-sounding ethnic percussion interspersed
with the drum machine beats, and a slightly melancholy melodic
fragment that underpins Factory Farm by Didjworks.
The final two tracks break form the formula a bit. In lieu of
the standard drum machine timbres, Kemetic Song by Hayan features
a hypnotic dumbek/conga groove with a riff that sounds like it
might be from a sampled log drum underscoring some lively, seemingly
authentic didj work, and Entrance, by Si, features an almost imperceptible
shaker rhythm backing up a pair of real didj tracks creating a
lovely primal drone.
Reviewed by Allen
Welty-Green for Ambient Visions