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  • Summary: The latest release for the London-based electronic duo of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas used a machine learning AI system which processed their previous works as well as 10 hours of improvised music to create the album.
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  1. Oct 11, 2019
    70
    Logically, Blossoms doesn't have the sort of strangely human touch of Emptyset's 2017 releases, but it's still a compelling, somewhat frightening hybrid of organic and synthetic processes.
  2. Oct 11, 2019
    70
    Blossom shows much promise for AI-augmented composition in the realm of electronic sound. It's unlikely that a software version of the Beatles will exist in our lifetime, but Purgas and Ginzburg have proven that the boundaries of technological possibility are completely mutable.
  3. Oct 11, 2019
    70
    The 10 selections are less a swirling cacophonous summation of Purgas and Ginzburg’s documents thus far than a series of muted, disorganized footnotes. They step out and freeze like models on a runway at a pace both deliberate and seemingly tentative. ... Most vitally, Blossoms is Emptyset continuing to do uncompromising, restless Emptyset, with no sign of stagnation (even if this very phenomenon continues to be a crucial aspect of their sound).
  4. Oct 11, 2019
    70
    Regardless, however you or I might feel about almost-literal computer music is beside the point. The strong sense of perpetual emergence – of listening in on an intelligent system gaining confidence – makes Blossoms an especially remarkable listen.
  5. Oct 11, 2019
    70
    Blossoms works tremendously well as a bold sonic experiment and even a proof of concept for whatever madness Empyset is attempting. As long as they keep feeding different sounds into their system, plenty of oddly engaging weirdness will emerge.
  6. The Wire
    Oct 23, 2019
    70
    It sounds like something struggling to be born, and probably not something you’d want to see grow up in your house. [Nov 2019, p.64]