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The New Digital Sound
The New Digital Sound
Self-released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The New Digital Sound is the alter ego of bedroom (?) DJ Don Smith, who has recorded and released this self-titled album of abstract beats and synth music. The sound is electronic minimalism, as Smith himself claims, but the result is music that is wholly unmemorable. His mix of breakbeats, blip-hop and ambient styles references artists such as DJ Acucrack?, Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert, but with little of the vitality that makes these producers interesting and provocative. The recording process is decidedly lo-fi and home studio, but that isn't the issue here. The limitations aren't technical at all, simply creative. Songs like "Devoid of Emotion," featuring news clips samples over ambient noise, and "Expressing of Sorrow for a Dead Person," with its brief sample from David Lynch's Eraserhead over slow beats and piano don't lack for talent, just for inspiration. "Calculation 20th," a digital blip march, is supposedly a rumination on the supposed 20th hijacker of 9/11. I didn't quite get that from my first listen, but Smith claims it as one of his favorites and most personal on the album. The New Digital Sound is more digital than new, and those interested in the genre won't miss anything by skipping this one.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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