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  • Summary: The latest album from Masaki Batoh, the singer for the band Ghost, includes sounds made from brain waves he records with his Brain Pulse Machine.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Avant-Garde, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Electronic, International, Computer Music, Japanese Traditions
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 30, 2012
    80
    Brain Pulse Music is the most traditional album Batoh has recorded, as well as the most radical and fascinating.
  2. Apr 18, 2012
    80
    The five pieces do indeed feel like direct transmissions from Batoh's withered soul. [Mar 2012, p.50]
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    80
    BPM works its vibrational magic with quietude and organic peace, and comes across more like a n ancient Zen ritual. [Apr 2012, p.71]
  4. Mar 30, 2012
    65
    The cuts that utilize Batoh's brain-pulse method are nevertheless striking pieces of electronic minimalism -- stark and compelling.
  5. Mar 30, 2012
    60
    As an album, Brain Pulse Music feels like two things at once, a dichotomous effort in which the nobility of the endeavor is at the core of its biggest aesthetic weakness.
  6. Mar 30, 2012
    60
    As a benefit for earthquake victims and as an outlet for Batoh's grief and fear, there's plenty to recommend. As a pure sonic experience, it is a very novel, very undeveloped idea mingling with some very old ones.
  7. Mar 27, 2012
    40
    This is a record of experimental sound, no more or less, and is arguably as important an element in Batoh's musical makeup as anything involving guitar chords. But that doesn't make Brain Pulse Music particularly compelling, especially not to anyone craving a helping of Ghost music.

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