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¥781 architect. consume adapt create. cd. february2k10.

 

tracklist:

the bitch is back *.mp3
the shadow of eve *.mp3
fast lane (freeze frame) *.mp3
unhuman *.mp3
for you *.mp3
so i went out *.mp3
unhuman (reprise francaise) *.mp3
attack ships on fire *.mp3
pure *.mp3
i lost my 808 on a rainy day *.mp3
awake (album version) *.mp3
the beauty and the beat (rokka) *.mp3
wachsmuth *.mp3



for years he has made a name for himself in the modern electronic music scene but the most outstanding of daniel myer's (countless) projects is architect. three years after lower lip interface hymen records presents the long awaited fifth album: consume adapt create.

the difference between the true creative artist and the impersonator is the way they deal with influences. myer's inspirations range from drum and bass wizards enduser and current value up to breakcore warlords venetian snares and otto von schirach - but it is unmistakably architect you hear in every note of each track. consume adapt create: a unique blend of atmospheric idm, cinematic samples, powerfully
distorted sequences, ramming electro grooves, razor-sharp breakbeats, and haunting ambiance. music to move the dancefloor while still creating enough depth and texture for heavy listening through your
headphones.

once again, d.myer demonstrates astounding compositions. well-placed sounds and complex arrangements of synthetic noise. as heard on this record: "i see things..." - listen up and see for yourself!

alternativmusik.de
dass daniel myer ein umtriebiger musiker ist, ist bekannt. neben den zumindest auf dem papier noch existenten haujobb und destroid gehört er schließlich auch inzwischen schon länger zum live-lineup von covenant und legt immer wieder in den verschiedensten elektronischen spielarten auf, ist hier und da noch in projekte involviert und ganz nebenher betreibt er ja solo dann auch noch sein ganz eigenes projekt architect. das sollte man nicht unter den tisch kehren, denn das würde der mühe und detailverliebtheit dieses projektes nicht gerecht. so wundert es auch nicht, dass mit consume, adapt, create nun bereits das fünfte album erscheint. wer architect mal live gesehen hat, wird wissen, dass da stets eine menge krach mit im spiel ist. aber diese plumpe bezeichnung wäre eine degradierung dessen, was hier noch alles mitschwingt. verschachtelte elektronische sounds sind es, die einhergehen mit ambient-artigen flächen, zu denen sich aber immer wieder ein beat gesellt, groove, samples (auch gerne verzerrt) und einflüsse der verschiedenen elektronischen spielarten. so begegnen oft gebrochene beats – breakbeat im wahrsten sinne – und einflüsse aus drum’n’bass, immer aber mit einer authentischen daniel myer-handschrift. soll heißen: an der art der sounds erkennt man immer wieder, wer hier am werk war – manchmal erinnern die flächenartigen klängen beispielsweise an die sphärischen passagen aus dem letzten haujobb-werk vertical theory aus dem jahr 2003. dies ist aber nur im sinne einer persönlichen handschrift zu verstehen, denn myer schafft es immer wieder, die projekte so differenziert zu gestalten, dass man sie mühelos auseinanderhalten kann. etwas, was bekanntliche viele musiker mit mehreren projekten eben nicht schaffen. mit consume, adapt, create begegnet ein album, das gekonnt verschiedene spielarten elektronischer musik zu einem ganzen verbindet und wie aus einem guss klingt. wenn man referenzen anführen müsste, würde man unweigerlich bei labels wie warp und gerade acts wie autechre enden – dies sei für eine einstufung der musik an dieser stelle angeführt. dass architect ein eigenständiges projekt ist, sollte dabei aber natürlich ebenso wenig verschwiegen werden. wer intelligent gemachte elektronische musik mag, sollte diesem album auf jeden fall seine aufmerksamkeit schenken! (marius meyer)

sparklingphotos.de
consume. adapt. create. das kann man bei jemanden, der derzeit bei fast allem involviert ist, was rang und namen hat, einen remix nach dem nächsten zusammenschraubt und bei dem output schlaf komplett aus dem wortschatz gestrichen zu haben scheint, wörtlich nehmen. während andere musiker jahre für ein album brauchen, scheint es, als ob bei architect sämtliche sinneseindrücke dieses schöpferischen multitasking-zeitraffers direkt in sound umgewandelt werden. die reise beginnt zunächst sanft, aber druckvoll und lässt ahnen, dass spätestens beim zweiten track all das auf den hörer wartet, was alle stücke aus dem myerwerk gemeinsam haben: detailverliebte frickelsounds, samplecollagen, drum'n'bass und breakbeat-enflüsse, durchzogen von ruhigen momenten, als ob man in zeitlupe verharrt, um die details wirken lassen zu können. eine der perlen des albums – welches klangtechnisch wesentlich dynamischer und energiegeladener klingt, als die vorgänger – ist "attack ships on fire", eine hommage an den film "bladerunner" (welchem auch der name "haujobb" entliehen ist) mit dem unvergessenen finalen monolog rutger hauers als sample. stücke wie "the shadow of eve" und "fast lane" erinnern die konkurrenz allzu deutlich daran, wie blass sie schon in den 90ern zusehen musste, wenn die messlatte mit jeder veröffentlichung höher gelegt wurde. daniel myer versteht es, einflüsse geschickt zu neuen klangwelten zu verschmelzen, ohne an originalität einzubüßen. dieser homogene und in sich stimmige mix aus "voll-auf-die-zwölf" und geradezu filigran und liebevoll arrangierten beats und flächen kunstvoll zu einem gesamtkonstrukt vom architekten zusammengefügt unterstreicht eindrucksvoll, dass "consume adapt create" ein werk ist, welches keine wünsche offen lässt und in jede halbwegs anspruchsvolle sammlung gehört. augen zu, die bilder kommen von allein. um es mit "bladerunner" zu beenden: "i've seen things you people wouldn't believe…" (i. illés )

a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's website:
http://www.machinistmusic.net/reviews/architectcd2010.html

gothtronic
with all the attention focused on the recently released ep of destroid one would almost forget this other project of daniel myer, architect has a new album out as well. architect perhaps is musically the most progressive project of the man who used to be active with haujobb and now also is part of covenant. the previous album lower lip interface was released three years ago so it was about time for new material. what is immediately clear is that on consume adapt create the influence of dubstep has found its way to the adventurous sound spectrum daniel myer each time creates with architect. this is intelligently integrated into the sound which also features atmospheric idm, cinematographic samples, heavy electro grooves, industrial sequences and breakbeats. architect creates music that works on the dance floor as well as on headphones. the combination of experiment and excitement is cleverly reflected in interesting compositions and this makes the fifth album of architect again a well done achievement. (teknoir)

cuemix
architect is back, three years after releasing “lower lip interface” he returns with “consume adapt create”. an album on which d.myer a.k.a. archictect takes us by the hand to his secret universe… at the gates to this new country he speaks: “decide by yourself: dance or listen!” yes you heard right, dance or listen. architect’s new album leaves it up to you, because this wizard created an album that owns both: intelligent cinematic soundscapes and dancetracks which causes blood on the dancefloor! his outstanding way to handle tempo and deepness in one beat is nonesuch. this album disperses a very cinematic mood without loosing the tempo. a road-movie!? the power of razor-sharp beats merged with the beauty of millions oscillators singing just for you. yes the beauty of architects music shines through even if he is ruffneck. these thirteen songs are masterpieces you can listen and dance to separately, or take a trip with the whole album… 100% approvable.

connexion bizarre
over the years daniel myer has worked under many pseudonyms releasing a range of albums and singles covering many electronic music styles for a multitude of labels. the most enduring of these are haujobb and architect but in addition to these he is now also a full-time member of acclaimed swedish synthpop group covenant, actively producing and recording with destroid and remixing under the name renegades of noise. never one to rest for long, myer is always recording, performing, djing or remixing in one guise or another. architect first appeared in 1998 with "galactic supermarket" on german label hymen records. since then he has released a further three albums and "consume adapt create" will be his fifth exclusively for the label. influenced by the spectrum of electronic music genres from industrial to techno, hip-hop to dubstep and ambient to breakcore, myer creates music that is uniquely and identifiably his own. characterised by complex structures and the precise placement of carefully selected (often sci-fi) movie samples, myer's ability to produce quality electronic music is unquestionable. immediately striking for its wonderfully rendered precise beats, whether they are tinged with influences as diverse as hip-hop breaks, classic techno rhythms or pounding breakcore, there is always something deeper to myer's music than the obvious dancefloor elements. he loves a strong bassy beat, regardless of what genre it is drawn from, but looking beyond that reveals that his music has hidden depth. "pure" for example is based on a modified break but drifting around below it are some eerie swirling textures which really add an air of shadowy atmosphere to the track if only subconsciously. it is wonderfully executed; the driving beat masks the darker underlying soundtrack which is in turn augmented by some carefully utilised movie samples with their own sinister overtones. the interestingly titled "i lost my 808 on a rainy day" continues the theme, adding a harder edge and bringing in myer's mischievous sense of humour in his choice of samples. "the beauty and the beat" is a track of two halves; the first half is gentle and ethereal with a solitary choral voice and melancholic piano that erupts into a massive uncompromising torrent of hard industrial drum 'n' bass beats from the half way point. as an indication of just how eclectic and diverse myer's influences are he introduces the album with the huge sweeping bass and tense creepy atmospherics with a tongue-in-cheek title of "the bitch is back". via the energetic driving rhythms of the futuristic "the shadow of eve" he later moves through the ultra-precise crashing breaks of "unhuman" and on to his own take on hedonistic ibiza trance with "for you". from there he unleashes a punishing beat with "so i went out" that sees him dabble with breakcore aggression. what makes myer stand apart from other musicians is that no matter how many genres he draws from or how diverse or unexpected those influences are, everything he does is uniquely his own work and has his fingerprints are all over it. something about "consume adapt create" makes it seem harder, edgier and more focused than myer's recent architect albums. everything about it is tight, precise and crystal clear. "consume adapt create" is powerful, occasionally aggressive, sometimes haunting and often euphoric in a number of different but equally defining ways. constantly refining his sound, myer is a true innovator who has forged his own path in the industrial/experimental electronic world and still remains sinfully undiscovered by many. expect the long overdue covenant album to be heavily influenced by his input when it finally arrives later this year. (paul lloyd)

de:bug, may 2010
von architect aka daniel myer haben wir schon lange nichts mehr gehört. hier meldet er sich mit einem album voller deeper tracks breakigen wahns zurück, die mich ein wenig an die beste, darkeste zeit von planet mu erinnert.an die zeit vor dubstep. an die zeit in der trocken sprotzigen ambienttracks direkt neben wilden breakbeateskapaden lagen und alles dennoch in sich geschlossen wirkte. diese geschlossenheit ist es aber auch, die die platte jetzt etwas altmodisch, und in einer zeit verhaftet klingen lässt, die schon fast an uns vorbeigezogen ist. dennoch, wer sich danach zurück sehnt wird die platte lieben. (bleed)

headphone commute
http://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2010/08/08/architect-consume-adapt-create-hymen/
while other architect albums have been somewhat minimalist affairs, consume adapt create is crammed full of sounds… individual and myriad in number, placement and aesthetic. you might have wondered what happens when daniel myer is placed in a creative vacuum and allowed free reign to run as far as his imagination will take him. this is the concrete evidence of where it goes. ‘the shadow of eve’ is the only hint i am going to give for this record. it’s breakneck pace should confound and contuse any pa it is played through. myer weaves in melodic lines throughout it, a hi-hat roll here… a syncopated break sped up to maniacal pace there. power restored indeed. the connection to previous work could best be ascribed to his track ‘sir alfred’. suspense drum ‘n’ bass is alive and well. there’s been a remix contest for this tune initiated by the band, it’s no accident this track was the one chosen. you have not heard him push it this far before. one gets a healthy inoculation of atmosphere on this record, sure, there are alien peel offs into sci-fi land but more often than not it’s the overall composition which unleashes this tone. consume adapt create is all about this somewhat elusive aural currency. van delta’s album ‘studio reality’ is the only thing which comes remotely close to the end result of this and even it didn’t contain as many changes in tempo or emotion. myer somehow manages to squeeze a lot of feeling out of his machines, a feat few others have pulled off convincingly. it is as though a part of him has been subsumed and re-patterned in an electronic exorcism of sorts; it’s a lot to ask of the listener, i know, but the pay off is that by the time you do finish listening… the world is pleasantly askew. he’s spent his time very wisely creating some masterful electronic scenes if this is the right word; each song is a soundtrack to places we have never been and worlds we never suspected existed. christmas may have come late but at least it showed. if you were to take galactic supermarket and heap on the maturity accumulated in the last twelve years by this musician you’d have a small measure of the majestic heights myer has encapsulated here. unlike that record, though, there’s a lot more flesh on the bones. he knows his sound design almost too well. all the time spent in the trenches of haujobb’s love/hate existence with it’s fanbase was not undertaken lightly, neither was this record. (peter marks)

black
daniel myer (haujobb, destroid) hatte es als musiker nie leicht, obwohl er von kollegen und kritikern stets gewürdigt wurde. in kommerzieller sicht schlug sich diese reputation leider nie nieder, aber inzwischen scheint er ja als neues mitglied und wohl auch ideengeber der inzwischen auf der stelle tretenden schwedischen future popper covenant zumindest finanziell abgesichert. mit seinem inzwischen langlebigsten nebenprojekt architect erhielt er erst kürzlich überraschend den ritterschlag, als ihn alan wilder (recoil, ex-depeche mode) öffentlich hofferierte bzw. als special-gast auf seiner ersten live-tour einlud. mit diesem hintergrund offenbart das inzwischen schon 5. album von architect eine gewisse neue leichtigkeit, welches er federleicht auch mit über 70 minuten spielzeit abwechslungsreich zu füllen weiß. neben den bereits bekannten idm-sound, der inzwischen deutlich eingängiger geworden ist, wurde anscheinend auch seine alte liebe zum drum & bass wieder entdeckt, welche er früher unter den pseudonymen dots and dashes, hexer oder myer auslebte. dazwischen gibt es auch jede menge verschachtelte beats, herrliche flächensounds + catchy melodien zu entdecken und allen voran möchte ich hier den track „for you“ als beispiel anführen. „consume adapt create“ bietet so dem geneigten hörer einen bunten blumenstrauß voller moderner elektronischer musik, welcher unter kopfhörern wie im club funktioniert und der auch nicht so schnell welken wird bzw. an dem wir uns noch lange erfreuen können. (m.fiebag)

darktwincities.com
http://www.darktwincities.com/reviews.php?review=263
where do electronic artists go to perfect new craft sounds by way of experimentation without losing their fanbase in the process? this is always an essential and perhaps double-edged question to ponder for all the bands that aim to innovate. some artists do whatever they want under one name and take serious opposition when their core sound upsets fans. recent examples dawn of ashes, apoptygma berzerk, grendel, and velvet acid christ spring to mind. other artists are all but expected to sound different every time out such as combichrist, uberbyte, caustic, c/a/t and now perhaps unter null. fans (and their dollars) are as fickle and critical as they come and as connoisseurs, we should be. this is not to say any one way is better than another but rather that people are listening closer than you may think. the most successful (at least in terms of name recognition) tend to be artists who use side-projects to explore their tastes and then add them back to their “main” project later. daniel myer is most well known for his musical dance-floor filling mastery from the band haujobb. however his side project architect is far more ambitious and dare i say complete. released earlier this year on hymen records is the latest buzz-worthy chapter, consume adapt create. each track on this journey is completely separate from every other track. there are no discernible themes or grandiose statements. this is simply experimenting for experimenting's sake and it succeeds beyond any measure of sound. resonating throughout the whole album are bits of idm, dubstep, breakcore, ambient subscapes mixed with glitch-afterthoughts, soaring synthpop pads and movie-inspired texturing. in short, each track creates its own world that moves the listener in various ways. while this makes for many incredible listening moments it can also easily have underground radio and dance-floor nods as well. “the bitch is back” starts the epicness out with a glitch-and-strings ambient track that has breakcore-influenced notes eerily reminiscent of early dj? acucrack. other highlights for me include “fast lane (freeze frame),” an almost film noir-like dub number that still has enough glitchy rhythms to be danceable in a club, “unhuman,” which boasts a much more old-school industrial grit to it that keeps you dancing for more, and “the beauty and the beat (rokka),” which leaks out a fusion of hard idm beats and tribal-melodies into an absolute electronica hit that deserves to be played in clubs worldwide simply for its uniqueness and complexity. albums like this in any musical vein are almost impossible to describe accurately. no matter in which genre you would classify this you would be both completely correct and yet extremely off-base. if one track is not to your liking it is almost a given that another one will be. this needs to be spun several times to catch all of the nuance and layering on each track, and none of the heavier numbers should get in the way of this for pickier fans. this album is at once alien and familiar, experimental and hook-laden, so complex it feels almost simple and is the quintessence of the worlds that idm create (in short, intelligent dance music to be enjoyed by the complex listener’s ear.) to all open-minded fans of music-as-art i dare you to live by the motto consume adapt create as well as myer has done here. (jacob wendlandt)

 


also available:
architect. square. t-shirt. hymen records ¥626
black shirt w/ oversized frontprint in black & dark grey ink.
available sizes: S, M, L, XL and one-sized girlie-shirt

architect discography 02.2010:
galactic supermarket. cd. hymen records ¥703. 1998
galactic edge. 12". hymen records ¥009. 1998
i went out shopping to get some noise. cd. hymen records ¥737. 2004
noise is out of stock. 12". hymen records ¥046. 2005
the analysis of noise trading. cd. hymen records ¥746. 2005
noiseambush e.p. (w/ klima). 12". kellermusik records 07. 2005
lower lip interface. cd. hymen records ¥759. 2007
consume adapt create. cd. hymen records ¥781. 2010

architect on the web:
www.myspace.com/architectmusic


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