Gescom [Special]

Gescom [Special]

Beginning its activities in the early ‘nineties, the shadowy Gescom collective has released material on Clear, Leaf, Chocolate Industries, SKAM, Warp, Worm Interface, and Source labels.

Incorrectly perceived as simply an Autechre side-project, Gescom in fact exists as a platform for a number of aligned artists to work in various different combinations, whilst remaining-otherwise-anonymous. Personnel in Gescom has varied from release to release and even track track. Releases have included 'Minidisc' in 1998 on the Or label, which was reportedly the first ever Minidisc-only release. This comprised of 45 tracks sliced into 88 portions, and encouraging the listener to loop and shuffle at will.

Working members for the minidisc project were Russell Haswell, Sean Booth and Rob Brown. For its split series incarnation, Rob Brown was joined by SKAM DJ Rob Hall (aka Ad Vanz). Gescom continues to operate and shift its identities.

Early Gescom is probably best described as friends of Booth/Brown with production help by Booth/Brown, aka Autechre. Apart from that, the actual personnel seems to vary from release to release or even from track to track. Quote from the Autechre FAQ: "Actually the whole Gescom crew consists of almost 20 people. Sean Booth calls it an 'umbrella-project'."

But there are also a number of releases by a Gescom which is purely Booth/Brown. If it's on Skam they call themselves Gescom regardless of cooperation, it seems.

Gescom is an abbreviation of "Gestalt Communications".

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- (1994) A & B
- (1994) C & D
- (1995) The Sounds of Machines Our Parents Used - EP
- (1995) Key Nell - EP
- (1996) Motor - EP
- (1996) Keynell - remixes EP (Autechre remixes)
- (1998) This - EP
- (1998) That - EP
- (1998) Minidisc - LP on MD then CD (sometimes Mini Disc)
- (2003) ISS:SA - EP
- (2007) A1-D1 - EP (cd and 2x12")