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Bibio

Hand Cranked CD

Following the success of his debut album, fi, Wolverhampton, England's Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, has assembled Hand Cranked, a fourteen-track collection of idyllic, found-sound and lazy-Sunday musical ramblings. A self-taught musician from an area in central England often referred to as the Black Country, Wilkinson discovered the music of such experimental electronic artists as Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Boards of Canada while studying at the University of London's Sonic Arts school. He quickly christened himself Bibio (after a fly fishing lure favored by his father) and immersed himself in the new music.
 
Focusing on location cassette recordings, a half-broken sampler, dictaphones, and experimental sound processing, Wilkinson crafted a unique style rooted in his love of the sounds of nature. Hand Cranked maintains a stylistic bond with his debut, again focusing on his passion for saturated guitars, warbling effects, and natural beauty, although this time with a slightly more whimsical feel. An increased confidence is also evident, both in the increased virtuosity of Bibio's guitar playing as well as his first appearance as a vocalist on the track "Abberiw." With Hand Cranked, Bibio has firmly established himself as a subtle yet powerful new voice in experimental electronic music
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