The future of synthesis
Berlin-based producer Objekt is able to do something not many electronic musicians can stomach, taking an academic deep dive into sound design and using advanced waveform modulations to sculpt an alien narrative. His professional experience as an electrical engineer and software developer has influenced his approach to sound and leaves us with the sonically gorgeous Cocoon Crush. Objekt takes deconstructed club music to another level, using precise yet abstract sonic textures and an overwhelming array of morphing synth motifs. These sounds are beautifully sculpted and glued together, and the dense clouds of sound hover over subtle sequenced percussion.
“Lost and Found (Lost Mix)” is mysterious and dense with sonic artifacts. Inviting organic synth sounds dance around glitchy synthetic textures. It’s like landing on an alien world and exploring a forest made of machines. “Dazel Anew” is much more percussive but still as strange. The wide stereo metallic flickers and bass hums fit perfectly with the lush pads and organic plucky synths. Much of the alien nature of Objekt’s music comes from the dramatic shift in tones and sounds, one second could sound lighthearted and inviting and the next second dark and nightmarish.
“35” is the most constructed club track on here. This song screams Warp records and classic IDM with Objekt’s added focus on sound design. The track is perfect except for the snare which is mixed very dry and it feels disconnected.
“Nervous Silk” is like a nightmare happening in slow motion. The ethereal pads, buzzing drones and chopped up bells make for a dark cinematic track that would fit well in a David Lynch film. “Deadlock” almost feels like a deconstructed trap beat; the bass drum hit is huge and the chunky drums are very hip-hop inspired. “Secret Snake” is a groovy futurist techno track that breaks all the rules and injects science fiction storytelling to into a sea of synths. The melodies and transitions are gorgeous.
“Lost and Found (Found Mix)” is the grand opus and sounds like a full-on odyssey through space and time—wouldn’t be surprised if he gets tapped for Interstellar 2. There are cuts to harsh noise and such an evolution in sound and rhythm that creates a vivid sense of pushing onward and exploring something totally new.
Objekt creates an experimental and wonderfully bizarre sequence of deep, well-crafted sonic compositions that rise above most conceptions of music. He does this using meticulous synth programming, layering and an academic focus on extracting the richest densest sound possible from a waveform.