When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Unlike the darkly lit ambience of Harmonic 33, Mark Pritchard's alternate similar-titled project, Harmonic 313, is much more beat-oriented, leaving When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence to fall somewhere between the categories of instrumental hip-hop and dubstep. It's fitting that Pritchard adapted Detroit's area code into his new project's name, with more than a few reference points stemming from the 313. As well as sounding like a slowed-down version of early Detroit techno -- borrowing cues from Cybotron, Derrick May, and Freq -- J Dilla's influence looms heavily. Slick, wobbling 909 kicks, snare slaps, bass envelopes, and video game synth blips snake throughout....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Unlike the darkly lit ambience of Harmonic 33, Mark Pritchard's alternate similar-titled project, Harmonic 313, is much more beat-oriented, leaving When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence to fall somewhere between the categories of instrumental hip-hop and dubstep. It's fitting that Pritchard adapted Detroit's area code into his new project's name, with more than a few reference points stemming from the 313. As well as sounding like a slowed-down version of early Detroit techno -- borrowing cues from Cybotron, Derrick May, and Freq -- J Dilla's influence looms heavily. Slick, wobbling 909 kicks, snare slaps, bass envelopes, and video game synth blips snake throughout. But, while the instrumentals give cause for heads to silently nod in appreciation, only a few tracks break away to make this something other than music suited for the background. "Battlestar" is a true in-your-face hip-hopper that features guests Phat Kat and eLZhi exchanging rhymes; "Falling Away" is a lulling, computer ballad with Steve Spacek lazily yearning on vocals; and "Word Problems" features the sampling of a circuit-bent Speak & Math spelling out "H.A.R.M.O.N.I.C. 3-1-3" and robotically taunting listeners, "That's wrong. Try again." The rest of the album plays out in a steady, chilled groove with trippy mechanics, disjointed beats, and enough fresh electronic zest to keep even longtime fans of the Warp catalog on their toes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2009
  • Label: Warp Records
  • UPC: 801061017521
  • Catalog Number: 175
  • Sales rank: 291,648

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dirtbox (4:29)
  2. 2 Cyclotron (4:42)
  3. 3 No Way Out (4:21)
  4. 4 Music Substitute System (0:43)
  5. 5 Köln (3:46)
  6. 6 Galag-A (3:36)
  7. 7 Word Problems (5:23)
  8. 8 Battlestar (3:03)
  9. 9 Cyclotron C64 Sid (1:08)
  10. 10 Call to Arms (4:35)
  11. 11 Flaash (6:37)
  12. 12 Don't Panic (4:43)
  13. 13 Falling Away (4:16)
  14. 14 When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence (0:31)
  15. 15 Quadrant 3 (6:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harmonic 313 Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mark Pritchard Composer
Jason Powers Composer
Steve White Composer
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