Roj - The Transactional Dharma Of
The Ghost Box label continues along its
unique trajectory, blurring the gauzy lines of separation
between past, present and future. This debut from ex
Broadcast member, Roj, is typical of a roster whose hallmark
is the re-conceptualisation of past echoes, seeking to
transform them into blurry mythical tapestries of a
fantastical, though failed, future. The Transactional Dharma
is populated by burbling electronics and bizarre sonic
tributaries, but unlike, say, the work of some of the
imprint's other acts, the mode here is often less playful.
Cashing in the cosy retro-futurism of groups such as Plone
and, indeed, Broadcast for a more academic approach.
Itís easy to interpret many of the
pieces here as a process or (re-)discoyery, in the vein of
the BBC Radiophonic Workshops groundbreaking audio work. By
stealing the clothes of such sonic pioneers, Roj could be
attempting to show that thereís nothing new under the sun.
Or maybe he simply wants us to cast our minds back for a