WM Johnson – Crawl

Posted by on June 18, 2014


William Johnson is a composer who studying Technology in Music and Related Arts at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, though he also dabbles with modular synthesizers, specializing in the production of chaotic storm fronts, half-forgotten video game memories, and the proto-thoughts of artificial beings. Crawl is Johnson’s debut physical release, brought into our unsuspecting world courtesy of the always-hopping Holy Page label. Composed of two synthetic fifteen-minute mini-epics, the tape comes across as a codex for translating the language of nascent software-based intelligence. There’s a war going on: squelching 8-bit avian entities are seeking to wipe the wizards of white noise from the face of the SVGA planet, all 800 x 600 pixels of it. Johnson is documenting all of these occult activities with only a Eurorack modular synthesizer and a feedback source to guide him. His is a singular vision that is definitely not to be missed. Grab a copy of this cassette from the Holy Page Bandcamp immediately, or risk being caught in the cross-fire!