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¥761 tonikom. epoch. cd. september2k7

 

tracklist:

running as fast as i can *.mp3
salvo infinitum *.mp3
locked out *.mp3
dark river *.mp3
the outside *.mp3
a lament *.mp3
unsettling *.mp3
walled in *.mp3
swollen *.mp3
thirtytwodegrees *.mp3
nightwalk *.mp3
slowburn *.mp3
stay *.mp3
outro *.mp3

 

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"tonikom is worlds, atmospheres, a narrative. a project born out of curiousity, creativity and a need for expressing a sound that wasnt heard, tonikom continues to defy genres and explore various styles of electronic music. countless influences, both sonic and visual, help tonikom perpetuate its evolution. idm, industrial, techno, drum n bass, electro, trance, power electronix, ambient and tribal all combine to weave tonikom's sound." (official bio)

tonikom started as tonik in 2002, releasing several now-deleted cd-rs and changed the name to tonikom in 2006, documented in the album title 'tonikom killed tonik'. after two self-released albums, 'epoch' sees
the light of day on hymen records - some kind of a logical conclusion; besides the aphex twin, meat beat manifesto, underworld, the orb and leftfield she also names hymen records' artist beefcake as one of her
influences.'epoch' is an enthralling mixture: the melodic richness of idm meet straight d'n'b/breakbeat rhythms, electronic and acoustic instrumentation is enriched with well-placed sampling, sequenced patterns keep embedded ambient soundscapes together, supplemented by power and intensity known from other electronic sub-genres. a diversified, innovating, truly epoch-making release.

"this is electronic music that refuses to live on one planet, that flows like its namesake into the soul and distracts from reality." (tonikom)


a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's website:
http://www.machinistmusic.net/reviews/tonikomcd2007.html

gothtronic
http://www.gothtronic.com/?page=23&reviews=4113
this american electronic project started in 2002 as tonik, released various cd-r discs, then changed it’s name into tonikom, of which now the debut album epoch is released by hymen records. it touches the idm electro such as you might know from mind.in.a.box, but also industrial ant-zen or hands style. add styles such as breakbeat, techno and trance to that, be it firmly rooted in the 90’s. industrial ambient and idm is dominant though. tonikom states she is influenced by underworld, the orb and leftfield, but also beefcake. this comparison is not that strange and one can furthermore add meat beat manifesto to that. it has to be said that tonikom is stronger at it’s ‘beefcake moments’ than with the retro electronica approach which includes straightforward drum ‘n bass, or techno industrial. the tribal ambient tracks are the most fun. sometimes it strongly reminds of future sound of london, but....less good. the diversity of stylistic influences as a whole doesn’t work very positively as every track brings in something different instead of a smooth integration of it all. the patterns that have been created with the sequencer however do keep the ambient soundscapes nicely together so that it doesn’t sound too uncomprehensive all in all. epoch is a nice release but the feeling that it could have been more won’t go away, especially given the obvious talent of tonikom. (teknoir)

magagin.de
http://magagin.de/reviews_236.html
ich glaube es gibt gar nicht so viele leute, die ernstliche einwände hätten, wenn man behauptete hymen records und ant zen würden als plattform für die avantgarde in der elektronischen musik die maßstäbe setzen, die auch wirklich länger als sechs monate bestand hätten. dass sich daran nicht viel ändern wird, wird schnell klar, wenn man solch spannende musik von leuten wie tonikom hört, die mit „epoch“ auf hymen records debütieren. getreu dem augenscheinlichen label-motto „stefan alt spendiert für jedes plattenartwork naturfotos“ ist „epoch“ in höchstem maße ästhetisch gewandet. die gleichermaßen komplexen wie schönen ausformungen und strukturen gefrorenen eises lassen bereits erste schlüsse auf den inhalt der platte zu. ich sehe die eigenschaften des wassers als gemeinsames merkmal. aus dem gleichen wasser können sich beim gefrieren völlig unterschiedliche formen ergeben. mal entstehen filigrane, geometrische eisblumen, mal völlig chaotische blasenbildungen, risse, strukturen in unordnung – dann wieder ein vollkommener, anmutiger eiszapfen, ausschließlich geformt vom zusammenspiel aus gravitation und wasserstoffbrückenbindung. und wasser kann ja beim gefrieren auch noch einschlüsse bilden. aus tonikoms tracks entwickeln sich gleichermaßen ganz verschiedene stücke, die aber aller einer gleichen ästhetik folgen – man könnte auch sagen: aus dem gleichen stoff gemacht sind. eine progressiv-futuristische klangfarbe findet sich in allen tracks wieder. so auch im paranoid-technoiden „locked out“. wie irrlichter schwirren hier bizarre tunes durch einen schlagzeugbeat, der ein strenges raster über den track legt. dennoch bleiben die vorbeiphasenden sounds nebulös und kaum lokalisierbar. ein schmelztiegel in slow-motion. aber auch im beinah trancigen „dark river“ in dem ambient-träumereien durch raschelige breakbeats gebändigt werden bleibt die stimmung erhalten. und selbst wenn sich debütantin tonikom wie in „the outside“ in gefilde vorwagt, die eigentlich seit 20 jahren aphex twin oder boards of canda gehören, geht das zum einen gut klar und zum anderen bleibt das album dadurch weiterhin in sich schlüssig. der schöne verdienst von tonikom ist aber in jedem fall die verknüpfung von atmosphärischen stimmung mit straighten beats, die zum teil schon stark richtig drum’n’bass gehen. dies gelingt in sofern prima, als dass weder die atmosphäre untergebuttert wird, noch die beats auf ein must-have reduziert werden. das wort ist symbiose. schönes beispiel ist da auch etwa die drei minütige träumerei „a lament“, in der wirklich straffe beats mit viel kick aber auch dubbigen delays von einer leicht melancholischen, sphärischen melodie mit säuselnder frauenstimme umspielt wird. „walled in“ geht einen ganz ähnlichen weg, wobei sich hier die funkelnden soundschwaden immer weiter verdichten und sogar zunehmend den beat in den hintergrund rücken lassen. aber es geht eben auch straighter wie in „unsettling“ oder dem vergleichsweise brachialen „swollen“, bei dem man sich allerdings schon wieder freut, wenn das wilde geboller des basses ein wenig von kleinen ambient-tunes abgelöst wird. andere extreme findet sich in „stay“, dass etwas lethargisch zwischen ambient und leftfield schwebt und im verstörenden breakcore-outro. in jedem fall finde ich den ansatz klasse mit recht unveränderlichen beats, die aber meist schlagzeugbeats und damit recht lebendig sind, zu arbeiten und die arbeit in den tracks aber die melodien machen zu lassen und zu schauen, wie sich die beats in der wahrnehmung verändern, ohne dass sich an ihnen selbst wirklich was wesentliches ändern würde. das macht natürlich auch das hören relativ einfach, da man sich jederzeit an den strukturierenden beat klammern kann und dabei die lausch-fühler tiefer in klangwelten eintauchen lassen kann. schöne platte! (s.krutzinna)

chain d.l.k.
http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/?id=3986.%3cbr
first off, the extravagant cover art design by salt of some icy landscapes impresses extremely and can’t be once again praised enough – that’s maybe another secret behind the success story of ant-zen and/or hymen records: the art mostly fits with the musically content and quality of the releases. the mysterious female-leaded project tonikom isn’t an exception. once started under the moniker tonik the change of the band name into tonikom happened in 2k6. after the 2 self-released cdr’s “ tonikom killed tonik” and “ocular pitch”, this “epoch” marks the first release of this act on hymen records. and i must admit that i’ve seldom heard a release with such a huge amount of diversity, which grips in several genres to offer the elements out of several worlds. tonikom can be generally sorted in into the styles of idm and electronica, while the beats and rhythm patterns take mostly influences out of styles like d’n’b and breakbeat (“salvo infinitum” or “dark river” work well as references). but that wasn’t it at all. furthermore styles with ambient, trance, techno or industrial get touched and extracted to built a very own and unforeseeable sound design (excellent: “swollen” and “nightwalk”) which sounds new, innovative and intelligent. this music isn’t designed to get consumed as a “wal-mart-background-sound”, it needs fully attention, the best under a good pair of headphones. if this will be the “truly epoch-making release”, which the info sheet likes to suggest, well, that depends on you. tonikom has done the best and improved on all thinkable terms of production, so the quality of this release is unquestionable. (marc tater)

cuemix
http://www.cuemix-magazine.com/cuemix/inhalt.php?image=552
you know about this kind of albums that you put in your stereo and right after the first seconds you know that this album is a special one? tonikom’s new album called epoch is one of these very special albums. a mixture of drum and bass, idm and breakbeat blasts out of your loudspeakers. energy! but carefully and tastefully produced and arranged. a real high wire act. because most producers are forget about the fact that you need enough “fuel” when you turn down the gas pedal for fourteen tracks. the atmosphere of “epoch” is breathtaking! tracks like “salvo infitium” or the great opening track “running as fast i can” are so energetic and intensive that the won’t get out off your head. or take “dark river” an idm track that takes the listener deep into the rapids! talking about a “head movie” wouldn’t be enough for such an intensive and beautiful album, a “head theatre” sounds in my opinion more poetic and describes the fragile beauty of this record. fourteen tracks with a powerful and warm atmosphere…. and a nonesuch forward driving sound.

black issue 47
tonikom hört mit weit offenen ohren musik: industrial, drum’n’bass, ambient, electronica, trance und noch vieles mehr. das resultiert in einem hörenswerten mix, der die brücke schlägt zwischen this morn’ omina und underworld, ohne die dunkle verzerrung zu vergessen. dabei bleibt die frau hinter dem projekt aus new york immer getragen melodiös, weshalb ich zur hälfte weiter zuhöre, wenn die andere hälfte gerade zu sehr im clubtechno-baukasten wildert. tonikom ist ein wirklicher wandler zwischen den welten. die puristen auf dunkler wie heller  seite der elektronik werden sich schwer tun mit dem album. wer aber mit breitem rechen durch die elektronikvielfalt zieht, der wird sich hier wiederfinden. denn kaum vermeint man von trance-sphärigkeit in die klischee-klippen gestürzt zu werden, schrammelt auf einmal meat beat manifesto um die ecke oder fegt pancea den zuckerguss hinfort. ein wirklich eigentümlicher hybrid, der nie so recht aus den ohren will, auch wenn einen einzelne elemente irritieren. bin gespannt, wie sich tonikom entwickelt. (till)

vital weekly #602
"music that refuses to live on one planet". that was the way tonikom once expressed his latest album, the first tonikom-album released on german label hymen records. if planets were music styles the aforementioned description hits bulls eye concerning the expression of the album. from the trance-inspired "salvo infinitum"- track to the abstract idm-based track titled "locked out", that could've been part of warp record's legendary "artificial intelligence"-compilation. breakbeat textures play an important role on the album from the techstep/darkside-based track "dark river" to the jungle-based final track "outro" of tranquilizing atmospheres. despite his stylish planetary interchanges of  expressions, the true power of tonikom is the awesome atmospheres that flourish on the album as a whole. especially the opening track "running as fast as i can" is incredibly beautiful and worth the price of the album in itself. (nm)

soundprotector
www.soundproector.com
sometimes hymen releases such great amount of various music per year that it gets similar to some production line with piles of discs of very low quality moving along it. to my mind tonikom with its album epoch belongs to this very class of music. in general, it must be said that reduction of quality at the expence of quantity will give bad results and will lead to partial or total loss of interest of the auditorium to the label's releases. dangerous game played by the label's manager stefan alt. such situations already took place in the label's history, let's remember the first fall of mille plateaux when the amount of label's production in 5-7 times exceeded the interest and purchase ability of its listeners. well, let's turn to the analysis of tonikom's epoch. first of all, such music is not characteristic of hymen, the album contains music of 90s - drum'n'bass and trance labels. from the very beginning of the first track "running as fast as i can" we catch the whole release's theme. surprising is that in 2007-2008 somebody still records and releases such music. track "locked out" starts with hackneyed loops available in any samples library, just imagine the sound of these key samples and you'll understand everything at once. headquarter of hymen/ant-zen is situated far away from berlin but who knows, maybe the invasion of dance club music, rave and love parade passed over the whole hymen records' team? quite realistic, at least i have such a feeling... track "dark river" includes enormous number of transe synthesizers and drum'n'bass.the title of the album as well as music itself are too ordinary and boring. many years ago such music was produced in great amounts, unfortunately such stuff is still produced nowadays. no new idea, no new creative desicions. after track "swollen" my acquaintance with tonikom and its album epoch quited for a long time, maybe forever. i can't stand modern music of rave and for rave, too little content and deepness. only continuous sound form and straight, boring trance drums, even worse than classical trance-music. bluntly speaking, it's just banal dance club culture. nevertheless it's possible that such music will have the authentic sound somewhere in the mountains, maybe in crimea, such music demands too much space. at the height of 500 or 1500 meters tonikom will sound more or less well. if you are planning rave in the mountains, take this album, there it will work.

discography 08.2k7:
epoch. cd. hymen records ¥761. 2007
ocular pitch. cd. cold world records cwr002. 2006
tonikom killed tonik. cd-r. cold world records cwr001. 2006

official websites:
www.tonik.org
www.myspace.com/tonikom

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