Why this stuff hasn't become some of the most talked-about work in contemporary experimental music is beyond me, but unless I've missed something, it hasn't. In any case, Motion's Every Action immediately became a desert island disc for me. I'm not necessarily saying "Buy this album now!", since it's certainly not for everybody. But I want to take a few moments to celebrate this music.
My original encounter with it was circa 2002 or so, via under-the-radar mp3 releases from nascent web labels like the venerable 8bitrecs. I quickly sought out all the Motion I could find, which led me to Every Action and its predecessor, Dust. It was very much what I was looking for at the time-- minimal but not dull or repetitive, electronic but organic, itinerant but still accessible and melodic.
I quickly snapped up all the Motion I could find-- which, unfortunately, wasn't much. I sent some fan email to 12k, releaser of all the Motion CDs to date as far as I know, and Coode graciously wrote back thanking me. But beyond those two releases, no further Motion material emerged (that I noticed, anyway). Coode released a couple CDs as the ultra-minimal techno venture Recon, and though I certainly respect an artist's will to explore other avenues, it wasn't really for me.
The other day I felt the compulsion to drop by the 12k site, which I haven't done in forever. While I was there I thought "Hey, Motion was on this label," and I decided to check out the artist page. Lo and behold, just a few days earlier 12k had released a "new" Motion disc, called Pictures. Evidently it's a release that predates the other two, long considered lost but recently found and remastered. So of course I picked it up.
The record is pretty much what a fan would expect: A proto-version of the later stuff. Same fragmented analog synth palette, tonal blobs, elemental melodic streams, and occasional rhythmic scrambles, but a little less refined and, if you will, less minimal than subsequent outings. But still, for the enthusiast, well worth hearing.
I have no idea what Chris Coode is up to these days. My Internet searches have turned up surprisingly little. I hope he's found happiness and prosperity somewhere and somehow. I'm very glad there's a new Motion record out there. I only wish there could be ten more.