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STAR'S END Update 05.08.05

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  • Chuck van Zyl
    On ARCTURUS (61 05 ), the live album from Arc, the duo of Ian Boddy and Mark Shreeve sounds a bit more like Shreeve s side project Redshift in that the pieces
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2005
      On ARCTURUS (61'05"), the live album from Arc, the duo of Ian
      Boddy and Mark Shreeve sounds a bit more like Shreeve's side
      project Redshift in that the pieces are arranged a bit looser and
      explore themes a bit longer than on previous Arc albums. "Part
      One" (21'09") and Part Two" (24'11") transpire in classic
      Spacemusic fashion. Out of the all-humbling darkness rises
      mechanistic reiterating sequencer riffs intertwined with strident,
      propulsive rhythms. The patterns mix, shift and divide like a
      twisting double helix of echoing electronic tones. Engaging synth
      melodies saturate each piece; their timbre a complicated
      layering of recognizable elements fashioned into a sound known
      but somehow unidentifiable. These performances eventually
      progress through their brawny phase to gently turn ethereal and
      otherworldly. Along with being shorter, the third track "Helicon"
      (15'47") is also an even further departure from the known Arc
      repertoire. Here the throbbing space bass pulse of the previous
      pieces has been replaced by a more hypnotic, modern and
      minimalistic sound. Shreeve and Boddy hit on all the major
      aspects of this genre, their melodies are human, rhythms
      machine-like, harmonies ethereal and the range of timbres they
      create to voice their music original and extraordinary. Arc filters
      the past into a vital contemporary landscape without sinking to
      cliche. Their music is a sincere exploration of the mood and
      mystery of the Spacemusic genre.

      Tune in this weekend to STAR'S END for music from
      ARCTURUS, the new album by Arc

      For more on ARCTURUS, access: http://www.din.org.uk


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