The accelerated development of new technologies is engendering innovative recording techniques in music. 2011 is the age of the latest generation of digital audio programs and electronic instrumentation. This ‘epoch of advancement’ is responsible for the re-modified 808s and evolved versions of ProTools that spare no mercy at disarming our senses with their increasingly industrial aural capabilities. A stalwart to the sonic super highway is Brazilian beat-smith Amon Tobin. Reaching inception in 1996, his sounds map out a varied and algorithmic journey across the electrical hinterland. Deftly planting spritely jazz melodies, his aural landscapes are underscored by titanic break-beats that sporadically burst into the atmosphere. With a critically acclaimed back catalogue to his name, he furtively poises a palm over the chaos pad for the release of this latest LP: ISAM. The 405 were invited to sample the first sonic fruits of the new opus at a private listening inside the Soho Hotel. Sat in the hotel’s cinema room, the album is played in its entirety with the aid of a sterling sound system.An audience comprising record executives, journalists and audio aficionados inhale the riotous waves of sound whilst sat on cumbersome cow skin covered sofas. Adding a visual element to the experience, a series of installations by London artist Tess Farmer are projected onto the cinematic screen in front. Farmer’s miniscule sculptures reinvigorate a belief in fairies: not the sweet Tinkerbell image in popular conscience, but a biological, entomological, macabre species translating pastoral fable into nightmarish lore. Her work provides an external signifier to Amon Tobin’s new body of work. In this vein, Farmer and Tobin will be curetting a collaborative project: ISAM Control Over Nature. The installation will be unveiled at the Crypt Gallery towards the end of May this year. Interminably geared towards the development of future technologies, the information super high way is championing innovative strains of electronic music. With the lauded likes of Aphex Twin, The Prodigy and Venetian Snares firmly mantled in the hallway of modern electronica; IDM is achieving an independent status from its DnB/Break-Beat roots. Cry havoc and kick start the beat modulator! Amon Tobin will be showcasing new material from his album live at Roundhouse in London, June 17th. Tickets: http://www.soundcrashmusic.com/amon-tobin-at-the-roundhouse/ ISAM will be released on May 23 on Ninja Tune. http://www.amontobin.com/ http://www.tessafarmer.com/