The latest CD from DeeperNET (aka Andrew Miles) is a florid creation of sound, beats and musical imagination. “Cracking the Code” plays like computer geek on a rampage searching for the answer to the world’s biggest tech mystery. Keyboards lines run amok, while a constant beat drives the tune towards the ultimate answer.
“Vision Quest” sounds like was composed by a wicked DJ at some sort of Fashion Show gone mad. I can picture fashion models struggling to match the dynamic groove of propulsive electronica tinged with darkness.
Hearing the third track “Hearts on Fire” brought a smile to my face because three minutes of it was used in the Martial Arts product infomercial I Directed for Super Punch & Kick Target (click to view the commercial). It’s carried by a percussive engine of thumping drums and slamming keyboard lines whirling and twirling about.
“Satori” blows in like the cool breeze of a tropical ocean, bringing the fragrance of serenity and peace. The nine and a half minute track definitely has a purpose, but not out of the expense of bringing relaxation. I love the bongo or international sounding drum hitting, which was totally unexpected and fitting at the same time. I love the way Miles uses the production technique of making the sound swell wide and then he funnels it down to a point. Very cool approach and displays a musical master at the helm.
I think it would be darn near impossible not to move to the rhythm of “Mystic Division.” Drums slap in all sorts of ways, while cymbals slink & hit for the 8-minute running time. It’s not hard for DeeperNET to catch you in it’s webbing of melodic techno trance.
After the 5th track above finishes you better hurry and run to jump on the audio train that is “Quadraphilia.” This tune takes off for a nine-and-a-half minute sprint down a sonic pathway of electronic euphoria. Miles switches things up just for the six-minute mark just to make your journey unforgettable.
The title track is the seventh piece. It’s a conglomeration of sound design and mixed with expert manipulation of a full arsenal of electronic firepower. It even ends with 2 minute slow down to ease you off the wild ride.
For some reason the last tune, “Fabrics Of The Subconcious” reminded me of the great score for Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run. It’s like once the stomping beat begins to pulsate it’s hard not to go with the flow.
What I found particularly interesting about listening to The Network is how fast it seems to zip by. But the fact is that it’s a 69-minute album that feels half its length. That’s a real testament to DeeperNET and the talented man named Andrew Miles.
- Terry Wickham, Manta Ray Pictures