There’s a lot currently going on in the life of Dalglish, aka Chris Douglas, in and outside of the fact that he’s a man who has been producing confrontational exploratory noises since the pre-techno time of the 1980?s. His three decade spanning back catalogue of work has informed swathes of genres, let alone the artists operating inside them, and even now he’s still producing music that is capable of stopping a listener dead in their tracks. After pursuing this interview for some time, chatting sporadically to Chris as we contended with both the complications and darkness that hindered the flow of conversation; the same ominous cloud that indirectly helped inform both of us of a mutual appreciation for the psychological position from which Dalglish’s music approaches the listener.
His recently released Benacah Drann Deachd album on Highpoint Lowlife is as psychologically challenging as it is aurally; a journey through a fractured landscape of techno debris and hauntological tremors that encompasses and transcends his bulging archive of previous work, under additional monikers like O.S.T. and Harry Rod. Benacah… is a powerful record that commands any room in which it plays; it’s ambience is not the kind of ocean you can blissfully sink into. Instead it’s depths are the breeding grounds for violent skeins of corrupting energy. Bolts of unsettling emotions flash from the murky textures that conceal them; tectonic tensions erupt into flows of pyroclastic beats that harden into a discernible form then disintegrate as shockingly as they arose. It evokes similar geological comparisons to the work of Ben Frost as much as the pure tonal works of Fennesz and the intangible musical forms of Autechre and Aphex Twin.
It is with great pleasure that we present a mix from Dalglish that compliments his outlandish record. Providing a collection of pure experimental music and giving his album’s influence historical and musical reference points that encompass both his own career and a long lineage of electronic music. It shares an equally intense shadowy flow to his artist work, moving through cryptic electronic drone, coalescing into fiery noise, before dissipating into abstract forms of glitching dread techno as it twitches through krauty motorik and back into heavy paranoia again.
Jean Michel Jarre
Hans joachim Roedelius & Tim Story
Klaus Janek & Scald Rougish
Jon Hassell & Brian Eno
The Irresistable Force