Gas, 1998-2000

Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project is the stuff of legend—which is sort of hard for me to wrap my head around. I didn't use to have too many friends into electronic music, so stumbling upon these records at the time was an entirely personal epiphany. While I obsessed about them in private, they exerted a massive influence on my aesthetics—and by extension, me. Somewhere I have buried demo recordings I made, trying to imitate these Gas LPs.

By the time I'd started collecting vinyl in earnest, all three of the individual albums demanded ridiculously steep prices, so I was more than happy to plunk down for a pre-order of this box set collecting all three albums of the major Gas cycle (as well as the ultra-rare Oktember single). Sure, it was (another) boxset, which in principle violates my one-record-per-artist policy, but sheer importance of the music to my life demanded like response.

While there are many artists who have travelled in Wolfgang Voigt's wake, I have not heard anything that matches them—granted it's hard to be fair with nostalgia at play. These records are deliriously hypnotic with sounds that are for more than they seem. Volume unpacks layers of detail, deepening their effect. They are minimal only on paper. Each one is an entire sound world to wade into.

This box set spared no expense. The box itself is clothbound. Each of the three LPs is cut as a spacious triple-record set. There's an entire coffee table book of photos continuing the theme from the record covers, as well as housing the entire set on CDs (for those digitally inclined as well).

I'm so deeply enamored with the these Gas records, it's been strangely affirming to find out they are so revered. It's even nicer to finely get my hands on them.