enjoyed this thanks.as far as distinctive and beautiful uses of reverb, i'd nominate 2010s autechre. (initially held off on posting something like this cause i know some of us are sick of autechre fanboism, but eh what the hell.) there are memorable instances earlier on in their music, but in the past decade there was sort of an unmooring from the expectations of, for lack of a better way of putting it, "familiar" reverb physics. according to which it's always firmly attached to a source sound, and follows a predictable tail pattern of decay.
I was pointing out that Woops seemed to have changed his tune. Also note it was echo and delay, not echo and reverb being discussed as I think we already agree on the latter distinction.
Must be something in the air, Soul Jazz are rereleasing their Arthur Russell compilation as a 3 LP limited edition..Anyway.
It's interesting how reverb and delay interact with space in the music in general. I think someone described dub, process-wise, as being about first trimming out almost all of the tune, and then filling the resulting space back in with massive echoes and reverberations. Then there's all that Arthur Russell cosmic disco stuff that has all the big obvious echoey bits, but there are also a lot of effects that just come from the positioning of the sounds in space:
This has been a bit of a lockdown anthem tbh - "I wanna see - all my friends at once! I would do - anything - to get the chance - to go bang!"