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Click Pop (Islands #6)

by eM (Michael Bentley)

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Circle 02:16
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Convoloptic 01:02
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Little Robot 01:02
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Coded Chaos 06:23
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Edison Naps 02:28
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Perhaps my oddest release, this little EP covers quite a lot of ground and includes a couple of vocal tracks... actual songs! I still really enjoy these tiny gems and dream of following this on with a longer, and similarly eclectic, project at some point in the future. - Michael Bentley

From the press release:
Last of the six releases in the Islands series, eM's Click Pop infuses laptop explorations with a melodic focus. eM's previous releases have explored the terrain of abstract analog electronics (Djinn), binaric derivations (Greater than zero, less than one) and techno flecked concrète ( Motor Sessions EP), but, with Click Pop, eM turns toward melody within the digital environment.

"I count pop high among my musical influences," says Michael Bentley (who records as eM), "including Mancini, Bacharach, the Beatles, and Motown. I followed King Crimson and Yes into their prog rock retooling of the pop song, and more recently The Cardigans, Louis Philippe and Bjork have captured my imagination. On Click Pop I begin to focus my compositions on melodic and harmonic content in a different way than I have before, while maintaining a microsonic and experimental palette of sounds. There are a couple of songs here, but this is hardly a pop record!"

Reviews:

"All in all another departure for eM Bentley, whetting our taste for more." Jeremy Keens, Ampersand Etcetera e-zine

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released January 6, 2001

All songs composed and recorded by Michael Bentley

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The Foundry was begun, originally, as an outlet for Michael Bentley's chapbooks in the mid-80s. It grew to include audio releases in the mid-90s, and now serves as an umbrella for artistic ventures from Bentley and his collaborators.

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