Sunday, December 11, 2016

Scott Lawlor – Experiments In Isolation One (2016)

  • Minimalism 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Non-music
  • Soundscape 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Drone 
  • Conceptual
  • Abstract 
  • Microtonal 
  • Experimental electronica

Comment: first of all, during the first minutes of listening to this 78-minute long issue by Texas-based artist I had to take into account noise of the TV coming from a neighbouring room. Because of that I put on earphones to dive into a delicate universe of Scott Lawlor. Furthermore, it was quite surprising to discover that the US-based artist's concept resonated with the behaviour of mine. Given that his idea is to dig into the realm of sensory deprivation (aka perceptual isolation) and because of that being the area of study in psychology. Indeed, I am here to be as a guinea pig for this awe-inspiring soundscape. It can be admitted it is more a physical rather than a psychological and mental experience. At least at first glance I think. For sure, its psychological effect comes in a bit later because the effect of this droning lobotomy is something refreshing and detersive. Maybe it is comparable with the effect of antidepressants making a person feel himself/herself dull and torpid. Moreover, such an effect makes me unable to perceive the nuances of the recent soundscape – is it running at one pace only or does the artist provide some microscopic changes and phase shifts within it? I do not know. Additionally, there is a little to talk about in aesthetic terms altogether. Because the intention of these 78 minutes is something different. Let's continue in psychological terms – let's guess I am perceiving some odds and ends within it but could I be sure I have right at all? It might be my consciousness has already started to play tricks. However, at a 54-minute I am sure I heard/discerned a new layer to be added to the blend. All in all, it is better to follow the artist's initial idea and lost himself/herself under this sly and overwhelming avalanche. In truth, it did have healing effect upon me (I have had a shitty mood today). The outing is the first part of the trilogy of releases and a bit of the discography of CerebralAudio/CerebralRift.
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