If you’re a music nerd with even a passing interest in the newer class of synth musicians that’s popped up since the turn of the decade, you’ve likely come across the work of M. Geddes Gengras. In the past few years, he’s played an active role in the Sun Araw Band (and dancehall spin-off project Duppy Gun Productions) and has toured as live engineer for Austin’s Pure X, all the while keeping up the steady stream of his solo cassettes and live works. “Steady stream” is a bit of a litotes-- following his full discography (a quietly-released body of work on a wide variety of labels) is a task in and of itself. Umor Rex compiled many of his finest from 2009-2013 on the retrospective Collected Works Vol. 1: The Moog Years LP. The follow-up, Vol. 2: New Process Music, collects unreleased contemporary works of his made with a new approach: purely modular compositions with limited resources (a small eurorack and a tape echo). For those intimidated by tracing Gengras's extensive and fairly challenging output, this is one of the best ways to experience one of the modern masters of electronic New Music. Like much of his work, this is stuff best for lucid dreaming, a patchwork of vast expanses worthy of mental wanderlust but concise enough to remain approachable. You can stream the record’s final track, “Pure (Reprise),” below.
Collected Works Vol. 2: New Process Music is out November 18 on Umor Rex Records.