philip corner – three pieces for gamelan ensemble
thrums and rumbles without ever becoming ominous. the less aware you are, the more pleasant it becomes. discreet music. live performance would be a different experience.
philip jeck – 7
campus-seclusion burial, stripped of all urban imperatives. melodies shimmer in the distance. buzz and crackle cannot obscure heavenly melodic resonance, even more satisfying are the occasional forays into deeper waters. now you can let go is halfway between turntablism and plunderphonics – drama derived from the re-structuring of off-kilter source material.
ellen band – 90% post-consumer sound
performances informed by the spontaneity of field recordings and the sensibility of musique concrete. the microtonalities of radiatore conjur up childhood rattlings stripped of impatience; xenakis kidnapped and left in chains. railroad gamelan is an edit of railside recordings. swinging sings is a duet for violins. the diverse methodology produces uniform results – Das Wohltemperirte DAT.
chris watson – stepping into the dark
cabling ultra-sensitive mics over long distances, the better to remove the recordist from the picture, allows watson to create field recordings of enchanted places. this album is a midnight stroll in a strange land, and almost impossible to listen to piecemeal.
geir jenssen – cho oyu 8201m (field recordings from tibet)
biosphere (disguised as a mountaineer) takes his recording equipment into the tibetan highlands. unlike watson, there is a life and a particular experience at the heart of these recordings, which are studies less than they are mementoes. nonetheless, their very richness makes them rewarding – startling and unusual juxtapositions are strewn throughout, supported by the conceptual crutch of the climb.