BIOSPHERE - THE HILVARENBEEK RECORDINGS (CD)


"The Hilvarenbeek Recordings are based on field recordings from the Dutch farm Biologische boerderij 't Schop in Hilvarenbeek, and on it we get a languid and hyperreal painting of agricultural life. 'T'Schop' slowly grows from a claustrophobic mass of crackling static and suggested rainfall into a euphoric streak of warmed valves and rhythmic chanting (inc. cows), onto a dubby and hypnotic close. Pieces like 'Pipistrellus' (and later, 'De Doornboom') give gravitas to the more developmental scores by featuring the field recorded miscellany, redolent in atmosphere but devoid of melodic relief, without the spine-tingling resolution. 'Audax' flickers from gated pads and syncopated percussive wood blocks, slowly revealing signs of simmering melody, the pad chords and static scree fighting each-other for control of the stereo image. Humming bass and demi-percussive whirrs coming together into a strangely cohesive but undeniably busy melting pot. We finish things off with the stunning 'Icoon', coming full circle to the feel of the first piece, but brightened with the experience of the intermittent six. The static opening is replaced with a glowing warmth, and instead of blooming out of the ground, it regresses once again like an annual bloom on the first shards of winter." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | NO| 2018| BIOPHON | 14.90


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