Blood Machine
by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

This 73 minute collaboration between Roach and Vir Unis (aka John Strate-Hootman) is the long-awaited follow-up to their BODY ELECTRIC release in 1999 (on Projekt).

Highly rhythmic, this music abounds with hyper-tempos of a synthesized nature. These rapid-fire BPMs bear little semblance to conventional percussives, often comprising wholly unearthly origins and resonance.

Wind these electro-rhythms around riffs that glisten with sinuous qualities, enticing the listener with their complex patterns. Inject softly mechanical edges every once in a while, but then allow these industrial touches to transform into insectoid cycles.

Immerse this complexity in a field of dreamy tones and drifting atmospherics, shimmering with inner illumination and wisdom.

And nicest of all: the compositions are lively, pleasantly engaging, and thoroughly thrilling.

The cover art for this CD features some truly awesome computer generated abstract images by Vir Unis that merge organic circulatory networks with flowing spectral emissions.

Blood Machine

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Blood Machine
Steve Roach, Vir Unis
2001 Green House Music GHM.01.01 (CD)
Reviewed by Matt Borghi, Iulian Scutaru, Electronic Shadows, Sequences, Sonic Curiosity, Wind and Wire

The evolution of Elegant Futurism... This is the next highly-anticipated chapter in the BODY ELECTRIC / LIGHT FANTASTIC story, except this time it's a new book altogether. This project has gone through several phases in its development over the past two years. Numerous pieces were created and set aside as the artists made new discoveries and continued pushed the envelope further than ever before. Roach and Vir Unis pulled out all the stops to create a music experience that flows with the natural precision of the body's life-blood, by way of a constant enfoldment of hyperstate fractal grooves and luminous soundworlds that are unique to their collaborative spirit.
1. Dissolving the CodeMP37:28 
2. EvolutionMP311:38 
3. ImpulseMP310:07 
4. NeurotropicMP36:23 
5. Mindheart InfusionMP312:20 
6. SenseMP37:57 
7. Neural ConnectionMP312:07 
8. In the MarrowMP35:15 

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