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Global communication tribute

January 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Global Communication is an electronic music act, comprising of Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard. Their first LP, 76:14, is an acclaimed album from the ambient and 1990s electronic music genre. Beyond their work as Global Communication, they have also recorded as Jedi Knights, Secret Ingredients, The Chameleon, Link & E621 and Reload. They have done remixes for various artists under each of their aliases, including a 1993 Reload remix of “On” by Aphex Twin and a 1997. Needless to say that in the ambient field, 76 : 14 is heralded as one of the most important ambient albums of all time along Substrata, Chill out, Silence and Dreamfish to name just a few. But Reload is also a seminal IDM album, Jedi Knights was their electro moniker, and Chameleon released Links in 1996 on GLR. Now seperated, the pair has also released two remixes albums worthy of listening : Pentamerous Metamorphosis  from Chapterhouse. The other album is Remotion is a 1996 ambient music album by Global Communication. Originally released on Dedicated, the album has been re-issued a number of times. Nav Katze and Warp 69 were especially highlights of the 90’s ambient techno.

To me, Global communication were just as important as The Orb, but just not as much hyped. Hope that this mix will help bring them back at the forefront of the ambient scene! I have some of the samples they pick from movies such as THX 1138 : “1642 Try 621” samples the linesand the lines “1642.” and “Try 621.” The mix ends with a quote by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the movie The Abyss : ”There is something down there! Something not us.” “Not human. Something non-human, but intelligent…” Perhaps it is how we could describe the music of Global communication ? I’ll let you figure it out for yourself.

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