STAR'S END Update 10.06.02
- "Track One" on IMPRINT opens the album with plaintive synth
chords slowly alternating between keys. The piece leads the
listener, twisting and turning, along an odd sonic route of
complex drones, unique timbres and detuned sequencer tones.
This is the auspicious opening to the second collaborative effort
from Mike Griffin and Dave Fulton, an album attempting to satisfy
the modern yearning for enigma.
The music on IMPRINT falls under the classification of
Spacemusic and the duo demonstrates that there is no one way
to realize music of this genre. Griffin + Fulton take all the
ambiguities of the Spacemusic convention and streamline them
into a totally distinctive and striking vision. This is not tepid new
age bath music, nor is it a carbon-copy of the Berlin School - the
aural specifications of IMPRINT cover vast stretches with tracks
but no roads and triggers our imaginations to embrace the
unknown. The dreamy imagery and blurry edges of "Track Three"
is a journey with no map. Layers of electronic pads shift, phase
and combine. This composition unfolds with both the serenity of
twilight at dawn and the enormity of crossing the edge of the
universe. "Track Five" is reminiscent of the '80's style of EM -
after a brief amorphous introduction, a bouncing sequencer
pattern emerges over which a restrained lead melody speaks of
challanges met and beauty lost.
With all their sonic pursuits, Mike Griffin + Dave Fulton attempt to
map and then trap space - converting it into permanent pieces of
data which can be released into your listening space; and it is
with sound that their world comes into being.
Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from the
forthcoming Hypnos release Imprint (Release Date 19Oct02)
For more on IMPRINT by Mike Griffin and Dave Fulton, access:
IMPRINT to be released In Philadelphia on 19 October
IMPRINT will be released on Saturday 19 October 2002 when
Mike Griffin and Dave Fulton perform live as part of The
Gatherings Concert Series, Philadelphia's premier concert
series of innovative music from the Electronic, Ambient and
Spacemusic worlds. Also appearing (with his new album
BLEED) will be Soundscape Guitarist Jeff Pearce.
For complete details, please access:
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appreciated! It's a great way to spend the evening and become
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