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STAR'S END Update 11.06.05

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  • Chuck van Zyl
    It will be difficult to find a conventional musical term to adequately describe LITHOSPHERE (52 44 ) by Robert Rich and Ian Boddy. This intriguing album arises
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2005
      It will be difficult to find a conventional musical term to
      adequately describe LITHOSPHERE (52'44") by Robert Rich and
      Ian Boddy. This intriguing album arises out of soundlab
      experimentation and delves into an arcane world of tone and
      mood. The sources and inspiration for this work seems to be
      foreign as opposed to alien; as if from some corner of the world
      only recently discovered and comprehended by just a few
      intrepid explorers. The perplexing rhythm structure, and its
      shifting accents, forms a curious energy while unfamiliar
      harmonies, based on a non-western intonation, precipitates an
      unsettling atmosphere. Fortunately, amidst the intensity and cold
      calculations that inundate this album, several access points
      exist in areas of repose where the listener may reflect in a
      serene eloquence. Surfacing when a melody is called for is
      Rich's steel guitar. It's voice-like timbre snakes and slides
      through chords and keys and provides yet another level of
      engagement. For all this album's high concept and high tech
      theorizing and execution, when the energy level dissipates and
      the rhythm has wound out, the duo resorts to the sampled
      sounds of scraping stones to pause any forward motion.
      Although LITHOSPHERE is a great collaborative effort,
      self-referential moments are expected and anticipated. Yet, in
      this alliance, the signature sounds and voices of one are
      modified and enhanced by the other - converted into something
      fascinatingly different from the original, yet possessing a
      haunting familiarity. Music has the ability to communicate a
      wonderful range of mood and feelings. Understanding what it is
      Rich and Boddy are trying to convey will take some effort on the
      part of the listener.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from
      LITHOSPHERE by Robert Rich and Ian Boddy

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

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