Will Hermes
June 21, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Way

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Akufen
Producers
Force Inc.
genre
Electronic

We gave it an B+

Greedy lawyers swinging outdated copyright laws have stymied the growth of sample-based music for more than 20 years. But a quick survey of the growing DIY ”mash-up”/bootleg movement — the most excitingly subversive pop since the birth of hip-hop — shows change is afoot. Meanwhile, Montreal’s Marc Leclair, a.k.a. Akufen, has a new take on the mash-up aesthetic: Instead of grafting together familiar songs, he ”microsamples” pop-radio broadcasts, building melody mosaics from infinitesimal sound bites and hitching them to bouncy house grooves. I’d wager the recurring harmonica blast could be traced to Stevie Wonder. But trainspotting samples is beside the point—this is music as exultant as it is brainy. Cuisinart Art The heavenly fractal ”Even White Horizons,” like a DJ Shadow elegy dropped into a food processor.

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