best available technology - excavated tapes 1992-1999 vol. 1 (experimedia.net preview) by Experimedia published on 2013-05-21T22:58:30Z *Excerpts from the album. Now available from Experimedia.net.* After appearances on Opal Tapes and Further Records as of late, Portland-based Kevin Palmer has dipped into his archives for third release as Best Available Technology. The vague trip-hop references and odd Aphex Twin allusions in "Excavated Tapes 1992-1999, Vol. 1" frame it into a '90s likeness, but the fondness of looking back on past lo-fi techniques, worn tape, and rudimentary electronic practices feels decidedly 2013. It finds a kindred spirit in acts such as Pye Corner Audio and Boards of Canada where the medium, atmosphere, and melody are tied together in a uniform package. Graininess and decayed fidelity aside, "Excavated Tapes" is exceedingly well put together, with coherent musical ideas around every corner. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia Kevin Palmer is a Portland, Oregon based artist, who has been quietly making music using his array of second-hand samplers and FX for over two decades now, but is only now starting to get the attention he deserves with recent releases on labels such as Opal Tapes (MCMXCI, Huerco S.) and Further Records (Hieroglyphic Being, Ekoplekz). This is the first volume of a series entitled ‘Excavated Tapes 1992-1999'. BAT had a mass of old cassettes onto which he had recorded his various drum-machine jams and audio explorations sitting up in his attic gathering dust, so we began a process of converting the cassette audio to digital audio and gradually filtering out the most interesting bits and pieces. As a result, many of the tracks you will find on this release were created and improvised completely in the moment, and recorded direct onto cheap blank cassettes between the years of 1992 and 1999. At times with nothing more than the intention to sketch the outline of a new idea, or manipulate a sampled loop with a view to later chopping out sections, loading them up into the SP12, and reconstructing - in other cases the tracks are more fully formed, one of multiple different takes of a more considered composition.