Playful, meditative, painless. The stacks of entwining loops that comprise Henry Plotnick’s music are so colourful and vibrant that they become visual - you picture them as perfect circles of dots, dashes and hues rotating, multiplying, blinking in and out.
This isn’t music that you have to think hard about to find enjoyable. Its appeal is as universal as sunshine and crushed ice. Though these six pieces can build into dense patterns of information - only to be stripped right back to the bare ticks, tocks and pulses - they’re never overloading or difficult to compute.
Rather, Henry’s music is soothing sound for people who require too-many sounds to be able to relax: sonic Ritalin.
Though highly intuitive, this music isn’t unsophisticated though - on Kinetic Point, the layered, gibbering, near-call-and-response piano motifs coalesce into something no less than Philip Glass. You may also consider the soul-cleansing patterns of Terry Riley to be a touchstone - though fun, beats-popping tracks like Wapiti prove Plotnick to be an ambient pop writer, if anything.
Right now, his compositions are constructed with the most basic equipment - a keyboard and a loop pedal. They sound pretty great now, but just imagine when Blue Tapes has the finances to get orchestras performing Henry’s stuff! In surround sound. How awesome would that be?
Very awesome. But there’s plenty of time for that. Right now, his synthesiser loop-sketches are the perfect introduction to what is going to be an extraordinary career. Henry Plotnick is 13 years old.
Praise for Henry Plotnick:
"'Mechanolatry' amasses layer uopn layer of snapping, plucking, yearning synthetic string sound, slowly introducing each element into a hypnotic atonal soundscape, exploring the realm of beautiful chaos as successfully as Terry Riley did on In C... He's uninhibited, optimistic and courageous, unworryingly tapping away at his keys, exploring with wide-eyed joy, and almost audibly punching the air when every new layer of sound works out. This kid's undoubtedly got innate musical ability, but his true strength lies in his patience as a spontaneous composer, something which eludes many adults, and which lends his improvisations a gradually growing allure that would make them a killer listen, even in older hands." - The Quietus
“Henry Plotnick is 11 years old, and I just can’t help to not make a big deal about raw talent. It’s so interesting to see such fresh youth tearing down what adults practice hours and hours to achieve. The kid has jest and gumption and zest, and it’s noticeable in the music. Henry, you got people going “WOO!” and it ain’t ‘cause the music is racy or egoing out; it’s ‘cause you got that inborn ability to patiently compose.” - Tiny Mix Tapes
“…in the vein of the early minimal masters and goddamn this guy is fuckin going places.” - Anti-Gravity Bunny
“Henry Plotnick is but a babe in the woods - ELEVEN years young to be exact… The experimental complexities and professional acumen present in these looping, kaleidoscopic classics defies explanation - it's good enough to be the lighthearted musings of William Basinski, or the nightmarish daydreams of David Lynch let alone the machinations echoing forth from the mind of a child not ready to leave primary school yet. If this is what he is capable of now, give him five, ten, fifteen years. Seriously blown away by this.” - Sonic Masala
“Henry Plotnick is 11 years old. Names like Cluster, and Terry Riley, and Brian Eno are getting thrown around in comparison to Plotnick’s compositions. And while those are lofty comparisons all, they are not off point. To be able to concoct this kind of vibrant layered music also indicates that there is clearly something special and interesting about the sonic craftsman behind it. And that’s what we are left with. Henry Plotnick. 11. Making beautiful music.” - Boston Hassle
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