Rambutan Universal Impulses CS
Eric Hardiman’s long-running Rambutan project has been blowing minds for nearly a decade with over three dozen(!) releases on labels like Stunned, Digitalis, Hooker Vision, No Kings, Avant Archive, Fabrica and his own excellent Tape Drift label. I was first turned on to Rambutan via Broken Infinity, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Coming in on the abstract side of Rambutan’s disparate sound, Universal Impulses brings to mind (at least this mind) a diverse roster of sounds and influences. Minóy, Asmus Tietchens, Robert Turman, Das Freie Orchester and acousmatic practitioners like Bernard Parmegiani and Pauline Oliveros. All open to individual interpretation of course. Like most Rambutan recordings, this is a collection of music that rewards the patient listener with each repeated visit. New discoveries are waiting to be found on this tape of unconventional sonic journeys.
Universal Impulses comes in an edition of 75 pro-dubbed, chrome cassettes with download card.
A1 / Aside From What Matters
A2 / Inside The Minute
A3 / Backwards To Never
A4 / The Slow Pulse
B1 / Lost Property
B2 / The Culvert
B3 / Surface Elevation
100 Total Copies
75 Retail Copies
25 Promo/Press Copies
Brainwashed / Creaig Dunton:
"For Eric Hardiman’s Rambutan project, 2016 was an uncharacteristically quiet year. This new tape from the Upstate New York multi-instrumental experimentalist did not appear until November, and as best as I can tell it was the only release of the year. Perhaps that singular focus on this album was a good thing, because Universal Impulses is another fascinating release, up there with Remember Me Now and Inverted Summer as a complex, beautiful and mysterious work.
The instrumentation Hardiman utilizes throughout this tape are, as usual, rather ambiguous. The brief opening piece "Aside from What Matters" seems to be built from a slightly malignant sounding bit of scraped guitar playing. It stays as a repeating element to which more dissonant electronics are added, to the point that the piece eventually dissolves into a melodic mass of decay. Beyond that, however, the instrumentation is most definitely less apparent. It is that juxtaposition between melody and noise that Hardiman does consistently through these seven compositions that gives Universal Impulses its greatest strengths.
Besides this balance between melody and noise, Eric Hardiman's Rambutan also excels on this tape with the sheer dynamics of his sound. The pieces are never disjointed or inconsistent, but never overstay their welcome either. He keeps elements constant long enough to be appreciated, but not so much that they start to feel dull or repetitive. Because of that, repeated playing results in a work that unravels more and more of its secrets each time, but always seems to maintain a sense of being a mystery that is never entirely solved."
Lost In A Sea Of Sound:
"Sometimes music corners the mind fending thoughts back as they try to drift. Rambutan starts Universal Impulses deconstructing notes and tones. Pulling your consciousness into the mix and nullifying the ability to comprehend. An intense designed approach by an experienced creator. The result aimed at mind cleansing for the new interconnected mass to be nurtured by Universal Impulses to a higher state.
Forty minutes hanging in the most mysterious ambient stasis. The first few tracks teeter on the edge then the remaining pieces sink with strong ambient gravity. The beauty of this cassette by Eric Hardiman who is Rambutan, is the pathway the sounds lead down. Take off or landing depends on what your perspectives are during the heart of this composition. The beginning wobbles and clanks spinning faster to reach equilibrium. Then, centrifugal forces add weight, causes the world to sit heavy as the sounds drone across a perplexing subtle noise filled surface. Universal Impulses is sound finding a groove and falling deep to the bottom of the V. In this sense, the world where sound waves settle to a thick blanket across the listener's awareness. Rambutan deals a heavy hand and Universal Impulses takes steps only farther down into the pit."