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. I obsessed about them in private. They exerted a massive influence on my aesthetics—and by extension, me. (Buried somewhere, I have demo recordings I made, trying to imitate these records). I was so deeply wrapped in the Gas work, it was strangely life-affirming to find out they are so revered around the world. That I wasn't alone in my adoration. 

It's even nicer to finely get my hands on them.By the time I'd started collecting vinyl in earnest, all three of the individual Gas albums demanded ridiculously steep prices, so I was more than happy to plunk down for a pre-order of this box set collecting the first major Gas cycle (as well as the ultra-rare Oktember single).

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

This 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 original record covers (as well as housing the entire set on CD, for those digitally inclined).