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The Baltika Years

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The Baltika Years
The Baltika Years


Ben Zimmerman's The Baltika Years is a collection of recordings created between 1992 and 2002 mostly using a Tandy DeskMate. When Ben solicited the recordings to Software in 2013, we were taken aback by how personal the music felt considering the palette used. It was like reading an abstract diary. The clues into Ben's world are so stark and strange that they feel like monuments. Reducing Zimmerman's prolific output down to four album sides was a challenge. Much like the myth of the process-oriented painter in his prime, you get the sense that Zimmerman is subconsciously actualizing an artistic scenario that he may or may not be privy to. When The Baltika Years is absorbed as a canon of work, a super-effect emerges which bonds all of his output. This is somewhat represented in the way we assembled the anthology, focusing on certain stylistic epochs that Zimmerman moved through over a decade of solitary experimenting and obsessing. In many ways, The Baltika Years embodies the spirit of Software. It articulates a belief that idiosyncrasy is inevitable, and that human affect and technology are linked. One helps the other express something mysterious about the world. Via limiting himself to one very specific instrument, Ben realized his own style - a monochromatic computer music that glows with the intimacy found in life's barely audible sentiments, curios, and details.


  1. Name
  2. Phyllis
  3. For Mimi pt. 1
  4. For Mimi pt. 2
  5. For Mimi pt. 3
  6. For Mimi pt. 4
  7. For Mimi pt. 5
  8. The Scream
  9. Housed!
  10. Tropical Den
  11. 99th Street
  12. The Space Jack Hummer
  13. Grumble Grumble
  14. Reverse Me
  15. 75000multicolouredorgasmaticballoons
  16. Crystal Lake
  17. Redecorated Proto-Computations
  18. Da Chopp
  19. Yellow Daffodil (Burning) Against A Grey Sidewalk
  20. Chants
  21. Reso
  22. Mazer
  23. Life Without Liz
  24. One-Liter Plastic Bottle
  25. F-Trip
  26. Now I Am Numb
  27. Pausebreak pt. 1
  28. Pausebreak pt. 2
  29. Pausebreak pt. 3
  30. Pausebreak pt. 4
  31. Pausebreak pt. 5
  32. Pausebreak pt. 6
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