Doris Norton - Personal Computer
Love and appreciation for Doris Norton’s visionary synth logic is long overdue. She is one of the most important women innovators in computer music, and yet her brilliance has languished in the shadows of male contemporaries.
Thanks to Mannequin Records' reissue of Norton's album Personal Computer, fans of cold wave, industrial, minimal synth, and techno can sonically rejoice. Cutting-edge at the time of its arrival, Personal Computer manages to walk that magical and imaginative (and distinctly Italian) line between refreshingly analog and futuristic, as if it were recorded on and channeling messages from another planet. Paired with Norton’s alluring, manipulated vocals, her bold, textured beats are as relevant and captivating now as when they were when they appeared in 1984.
When describing this release, Norton said, "In the late sixties I had already conceived computers as 'personal.' I have always trusted in the benefits of solitude; [being] alone means freedom . . . What's better than a 'personal' computer for materializing ideas, by oneself."