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  • Audio CD (September 9, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000003RZ5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Hidden Camera
2. Smoke Rings
3. Minotaur
4. Aleph 1
5. 124
6. Axiom
7. Trans 7
8. Modus Operandi
9. KJZ
10. The Fifth Column

Editorial Reviews

Photek is Rupert Parks, an early progenitor of jungle and precision-driven drum & bass. While living in Ipswich, England, Rupert Parks began making electronic music with a record shop owner named Rob under the name Origination. Parks soon departed Origination for a solo career as Photek. After releasing a series of successful 12-inch records in England, Photek/Parks put out a highly acclaimed recording titled The Hidden Camera. On Modus Operendi, Parks enters into an even more minimalist phase of electronic composition while embracing disparate musical influences, including jazz and the hardened Detroit techno scene. Employing complex, intricate beats and a forbidding, tension-filled atmosphere, Photek's stripped-down sound on this recording establishes Parks as one of electronic music's premier experimental artists. --Mitch Myers

Customer Reviews

After all, listening is an art as well.
J. Nater
Secondly, the beats are very well calculated and organized.
This really is either 'Love it' or 'Hate it' music.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I think I understand Photek's mindset. He has a deep appreciation for excellence, he wants perfection--he is a perfectionist. And he's really good at expressing this urge through music. When you use a computer to make music (I think he mentioned he uses cubase vst mainly), you have complete and total utter control over every aspect of sound, right down to the microsecond. It seems like every beat, every snare, bass drum or symbol is painstakingly constructed to come as close to perfection as possible, without sounding to overly robotic. Some people might say that this stuff does sound too mechanical or may seem like that at first, but when you really listen closely you actually notice that not every beat is precisely accurate. His beats are completely handcrafted, and you can start to tell after many careful listenings. That's what makes it so impressive. He puts so much time and effort into making these tracks that it's hard not to respect the man. I read that he spends about 5 weeks on average to complete just one track! This guy is like a ninja, a kung-fu master of the art of creating sonic excellence. Some of these tracks are simply exhillarating, you really can feel the emotion of the drums in some of these songs. Pure intensity, anger, tranquility, he can do every emotion with drums alone. The sonic textures to accompany these masterful beats only inhance the effect.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Showalter on August 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I can understand why people rated Photek poorly. His work is cold and inhuman-- more focused on precision than melody. It's a tough listen: in many ways, its probably about as inaccessible as a popularly acessible drum n' bass or jungle album is. It's all about straight ahead beats. Melodies become minimal: this is the cold blade of drum and bass with the fluff thrown away...
It's not your grandmothers Oldsmobile either. It's not comfortable and it sounds awfully spartan for the first one.... er... twenty listens. To listen to it you have to think soberly. To analyze. Even with Amon Tobin (who does some really tight work) there is a margin for error as a listener provided by the padding of sampling.... a buffer zone.... whereas here, this record bleeds into your subconcious... tribally... like 'jungle' should....
This is Photek's best record although some of his remixes, etc. are pretty hard to beat. This, along with Vibert's (Plug) "Drum and Bass for Papa" and Tobin, Aphex Twin, and Squarepusher's work is about as far-out as stuff gets.....
But that stuff is better if you don't know what you're getting into. This is like the eighteen year old double malt of electronic composition.....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on February 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Does Drum 'N' Bass need to be 'Danceable' to be considered good Drum 'N' Bass???....if the answer is "Yes", than you'll need to pass on this CD, and head for one of the Drum 'N' Bass producers known for remarkably dancefloor friendly music. Because Photek (aka "Rupert Parkes"), although having recorded Drum 'n Bass for many years (also under a few aliases), Photek makes the sort of Drum 'N' Bass, that would be incredibly hard to sell to those that like listen to their Drum 'n' Bass in both the home and in the Club. Hardly surprising as Photek rarely DJ's, and is more a producer than musician.

You know when you have the sort of sublime Drum 'n Bass that is catchy, melodic, has a great sense of rhythm and has that tremendous build-up before giving you the central/chorus rhythm, or has superb use of Vocals or Mc'ing???. Well forget all of that, because this has absolutely none of that. Doesn't sound so promising so far does it??? but what Photek does have on his side is a level of intricate Drum/Rhythm programming, that really is second to none.....(apparently needing several weeks of computer preparation, just to put one track together), and tightly focused sounds and sound effect manipulation that gives his sound that distinctly menacing, Paranoid & anxious effect. Forget about guest female vocalists singing beautifully over samba/Latin breakbeat's, or funky Drum 'n' Bass beats mixed with up-tempo Jazz. Photek deals in the dark end of Drum 'n' Bass, and more specifically the 'Home listening' end of D'n'B, because you'll be hard pressed to find many people willing to try dancing to this in a traditional D'n'B club.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Nater on September 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First of all I'll clear something up. Everyone says this music is "tense" but for some reason i think the word sounds too negative and inprecise. What I think it does is squeeze evey last drop of cold, hard, silently focused CONCENTRATION. That way the idea of Photeks precise style compliments it. You'll see what I mean if you play this on your headphones while playing a mad game of chess!
I think thats what this awesome piece, is founded on. This may sound wierd, but it's kind-a-like staring at a small dot and blowing it up totally in your mind, creating a huge vast world from it. And it's carved in cold stone, so there's no way around it, either you get it or you lose it.
I listen to FSOL, Download, Haujobb, Underworld, just to name a few; since there all (in my opinion) very artistic indeed. These artists are the raw material, the nitty-gritty of what electronic music stands for, and Photek fits in that group cuz he's also one and only.
I'll also warn not look at the technical side of this music or you will never enjoy this masterpiece. I guess that goes with every form of music. It's meant to be apprciated in the most artistic way possible. After all, listening is an art as well.
Sure, you're allowed to call it drum'n'bass but don't base the fact that you might like it because it is D'n'B. It's simply Photek.
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