Chicago synthesist Brett Naucke is one of the more vital cornerstones of experimental music. Through his work running the impeccable Catholic Tapes imprint, operating a number of collaborative efforts (Druids of Huge, Exercise), and recording under his solo Face Worker alias, Naucke has curated and perpetuated beautifully bizarre music from the fringe. Now, Naucke returns under his given name with Executable Dreamtime, a six-song set of precisely processed permutations that suggest a method of transcribing and categorizing dreams. Tracks like “Executable Dreamtime” and “The Space Between Twins” open deep, sprawling paths of vibrant ambiance, floating on clouds of arpeggiated tones and throbbing noise. Elsewhere, “1028 Modulated Tunnels” and “Forever Overhead” use randomness and repetition to reveal exquisite drifts of synthetic bliss, not unlike Keith Fullerton Whitman’s modular meditations or fellow Umor Rex labelmate M. Geddes Gengras.
Executable Dreamtime is out now on Umor Rex, along with three new tapes by Maar, Alexandre Bazin, and Siavash Amini and Matt Finney.