Q-Burns Abstract Message is an expert time traveler. But it’s not about the physical transportation of bodies into the past or future. Instead, these are sonic waves, vibrating in all directions, touching different eras and territories. Like a Stalker entering ‘The Zone,’ Q-BAM is forever in search of the undefinable. He’ll know it when he sees it, and today it’s looking like an AUDIOTOTEMPOLE.
M. Donaldson is Q-Burns Abstract Message, formerly broadcasting with Astralwerks and a handful of other co-conspirators. Over the decades he’s wielded turntables in locales from Novosibirsk to Antofagasta, but now he’s mostly quiet. Occasionally Q-Burns Abstract Message pops up in someone’s mix set, or mentioned in a blog post, or perhaps in an odd remix. But, for the most part, he’s a known unknown.
Now he’s reappeared, clutching an AUDIOTOTEMPOLE. It’s an homage to a secret history without the stain of nostalgia. These are songs spanning the lost years, buzzing with electricity and ritual ambiguity. “Tremble,” for example, is handed down from clouds, signaling Q-BAM’s transition from mystic to mystical. “Kept in a Shadehouse” undulates in continuous motion, brightly placing tones in orbit around its bristling center. And “Touchtones (1997)” is an earthy clue, creating the temporal connection — past meets present, full circle.
released April 12, 2019
Written and produced by M. Donaldson at Raymar Manor.
Tranquil. Spacey. Understated. Fuzzed-out. Like that ancient TV with the plastic knob, caught between channels in the middle of the night, one show fading in as the other fades out. Also, essential. MDonaldson (8sided.blog)
Hallucinatory and non-chalant, layers of dusty drums and synthesizers with ancient electricity coursing through their circuits lay out a bed of dehydrated rose petals for you to lay back on and fantasize about machine elves feeding you grapes while a 5 dimensional disco ball emerges from your third eye. Jesus wishes he had been sold away for a bag full of these silver visions. It all goes to show that you don't have to drive out to the coast to find this level of electronic bliss. Daniel Glascock
Terry Grant excels at casting ominous electronic soundscapes. Combined with the haunted dystopian imagery of his 16-minute sci-fi film (included with the album download) he's come up with a work that really gets under the skin. Ominous tunes for ominous times. MDonaldson (8sided.blog)