Surface 10 is an amplification of the personality of Dean De
Benedictis and SURFACE TENSIONS (65'58") is the bracing
antidote for the prefabricated electronica of his era. The album
presents 11 detailed works seemingly whipped out of reality's
raw ingredients. His music exists in an eternal present, always
fresh, and not locked into the era of its creation. Liberated
enough to be proudly accessible, the up-beat, high-energy tracks
possess a lyric quality and communicative ability. De Benedictis
plays melodic lines, not just isolated notes, from the orientation
of an outsider - a welcome element in an often-antiseptic field.
His slick drum arrangements, urgent pacing and calming leads
put forth a level of craft yet yields music not glossy enough to
sound manufactured. Alongside this unremitting rhythmic
intricacy are pieces just as restless and in flux, but minus the
heavy pulse-quickening grooves. As oddity follows aberration,
SURFACE TENSIONS provides various surreal ambient realms
every bit as detailed as the more approachable tracks, but with
an emphasis on timbre and the combining of a limitless palette
of sounds, textures, distortion and glitches. Music and the brain
have co-evolved. The music of Surface 10 occupies an intriguing
point along this continuum.
Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from the new CD
by Surface 10 called SURFACE TENSIONS
For more on SURFACE TENSIONS, please access:
For more on Surface 10, please access:
Jason Sloan - Live on STAR'S END 08.06.06
Jason Sloan is a visual performance/sound/installation artist
working out of Baltimore. His aural work is created with
computers, guitar and environmental sounds extracted from his
surroundings and aligns with the spiritual. Sloan's chosen mode
of musical expression, one with very nearly no traditional vantage
points or landmarks from where to obtain one's bearings, leaves
the listener to the workings of their own imagination to energize
(to give meaning to) the work. The 08.17.03 broadcast, STAR'S
END featured a live in-studio radio concert with Jason Sloan.
Sloan returns to STAR'S END on the broadcast of 6 August 2006.
His latest album is HYMNS FOR THE AFTERLIFE.
For more on Jason Sloan, including photos from his 2003
STAR'S END radio concert and links to interviews and reveiws,
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Chuck van Zyl
Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio