The synths transfigure their composer’s thought-dreams, one of which has something to do with gamma rays melting corrupt politicians down to scorched collagen. When all the serrated dissonance gives way to a reverberative harpsichord, the planet begins to rejuvenate. And that’s just the first song.
Osborne creates maximally layered electronic music using VST and MIDI controllers, a virtual analog synthesizer, and homemade field recordings (including appearances by a faucet and a 1980’s-model Schwinn exercise bike). His latest full-length record as Incentive, titled Happiness, is 55 minutes of gorgeously gnarled compositions that fall somewhere between industrial music and IDM, a genre crag Osborne terms “post-industrial.” – The Devil Strip
Pittsburgh (and formerly Ohio) based producer James Osborne (aka Incentive) is a man of many skills – not only does he writes intense and ominous electronic music as Incentive (and plays in a few bands as well), but he also runs his own label Circle with a Dot (with DystopiaQ being his first/former one). Somehow with all that busyness he’s also been delivering guest mixes to IHN throughout years- lets recap those, shall we?
Mix 1 – featuring Merzbow, Cluster, Kelly Moran, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Mix 2 – featuring Moor Mother, Room of Wires, Neu!, Interbella, Cruel Diagonals
Mix 3 – featuring Siavash Amini, Taxxess, Pharmakon, Perrera Elsewhere
In other words – the man knows his ambient/drone/whatchamacallit and that’s why we’re happy to welcome his collection of favorites from 2019. Fire away, Mr. Incentive!
and don’t forget to check out Happiness by Incentive – out now on Wormhole World / Submarine Broadcast Co.
- Listen: Guest Mix #3 by Incentive
- Blog Summary – September 2019: Pt. 2
- Blog Summary – March 2020: Pt. 1
- Review: Incentive – Happiness
- Recap: Bandcamp Friday / Sept. 4th + Leftovers
- Track-by-Track: Cool and Frank – Contacts in the Unseen World EP - 24th October 2020
- Review: USA Nails – Character Stop - 24th October 2020
- Track-by-Track: Sunbane – Crooked Timber - 23rd October 2020