Here's someone who seems a lot less active than before, but I believe he puts a lot more music online these days and a lot less on physical formats, and no doubt what is physical is also digital. 'Imaginary Cartography' is a limited edition of fifteen copies only and has a sort of handmade cover. Atkins works both as Platform and under his given name, and the difference is that the first uses quite a bit of rhythm and the second is all the more computer processed sound. He writes that he recorded piano, guitar, percussion, cymbals and cello in a studio in Brixton some time ago and that these are the sources for this work, along with field recordings from all of the UK. I am sure I believe this, but it is not easy to find evidence that supports this in the music itself. For whatever Atkins does everything is transformed; ranging from mildly (yes, a piano is in 'Floral Calyx Phase') to severely, as in everything has been taken to an extreme level of being unrecognizable. Much of this deals with taking small blocks of sounds and stretching them out a bit, creating stuttering Oval-like movements, granular synthesis and melting sounds down into drones. All done with software that is commonly available these days, but Atkins does throughout a fine job in applying electro-acoustic techniques but the overall mood that Atkins goes for
is not one of crude cut n paste but of gentle, atmospheric soundcollages. The rattling objects in a warm bed of drones. Think Fennesz but on quite a mellow day; such as I am experiencing right now, and Atkins plays exactly the right soundtrack for such a beautiful mellow day. (FdW)
released August 21, 2016
Matthew Atkins - Field Recording, processing, piano, guitars and percussion.
Jon Clayton - Cello and engineering on acoustic recording session.