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  • Summary: The first release in six years for the ex-Battles member was based on his 2013 multimedia installation at the New York's Guggenheim Museum.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 14, 2015
    80
    Though this is some of Braxton's most abstract music, it might be the purest expression of his cerebral playfulness yet.
  2. Mojo
    Jun 10, 2015
    80
    Tracks that will keep you waiting forever for the drop still have a corporeal appeal. [Jul 2015, p.94]
  3. 70
    A work of striking, defiant abstraction that cements Braxton’s position as one of the most interesting composers of modern times, and one that’s more than worth careering off the road to.
  4. May 29, 2015
    70
    The joy is in the ambiguity and Braxton's exemplary manipulation of sound and space.
  5. May 12, 2015
    69
    Overall, it's clear that HIVE1 doesn't manage to engage all of its composer's talents, despite its occasionally locked-in blend of notated percussion parts and sharp electro-production.
  6. Under The Radar
    May 7, 2015
    65
    Overall, While HIVE1 may not satisfy those hungry for melody and immediacy, it provides a rich and rewarding experience for those patient enough to listen attentively. [Apr-May 2015, p.80]
  7. May 8, 2015
    40
    There's nothing wrong with making demands of the listener, but there's little to no reward to be found across these eight increasingly alienating compositions.

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  1. Nov 25, 2015
    8
    This album is really under appreciated!
    Spacious compositions. Great pairing of acoustics and electronics. Fantastic recording quality.
    This album is really under appreciated!
    Spacious compositions. Great pairing of acoustics and electronics. Fantastic recording quality.
    Everything about this album creates a tangible experience and abstract soundscapes.
    Every attentive listener should check it out.
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