Maps and Diagrams:
This three-inch release (100 copies produced) presents a radically different Maps And Diagrams sound than the IDM-styled one documented on earlier recordings for Cactus Island, Static Caravan, and others. Based on the EP's three settings, Tim Martin has re-conceived the Maps And Diagrams to be an ambient soundscaping project, and not a bad move it is either. Each setting offers an immersive experience whose meditative drift is unconstrained by considerations of rhythm or beat structures. A production approach not unlike that used by Stephen Hitchell (in his Echospace [Detroit] productions and Intrusion releases) and Brock Van Wey (in White Clouds Drift On And On and in his Bvdub productions) characterizes Tööpuudus, as each track adopts an oceanic expansiveness in its blend of vaporous textures, electronic static, and keyboard meander. Representative of the release is “KÑsiraamat,” which finds piano, field recordings, and waves of granular static melding into an immense cloud. I, Absentee describes them as ‘ambient/minimal' pieces but make no mistake: ambient they may be, but there's nothing minimal about the rich sound design Martin brings to the material.