Friday, February 17, 2017

Elbio Barilari and Andy Cohn – Fluid Timescape (2016)

  • Kosmische Musik 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Synthwave 
  • Electronic music 
  • Live session 
  • Ambient 
  • Improvised music

Comment: the last tenure of mine with regard to Chicago-based pan y rosas discos imprint was dedicated to Dioxadol Borges' outing Siconauta Tourist Class. It was an issue of being heavily keyboard-driven and riveted with different kind of rhythms. The result was quite poppy while flying in the face of some incisive experimental elements. There is another synth-based issue though providing a little bit different tendencies in comparison to it. Andy Cohn is a man of having more than 3000 instruments worldwide in his mythical warehouse. It is his 37-minute session with Elbio Barilari. Elbio was playing a vintage JP-8000 Roland synthesiser, and Andy was playing a Steinway piano, a Roland Juno-D synth, and a Yamaha CP-70M electric piano. The outing is something peculiar and strange and ennobling at the same time and stylistically a drift between Kosmische Musik, wonky improvised music and analogue keyboard-driven synthetic landscapes. Yet the process is punctually controlled – at least it seems to be so. One can hear Tangerine Dream, and Sun Ra to appear sporadically in some snippets, though some more abstract flows may suggest early electronic music pioneers to be sitting on their rough machines. What about the time to be described in conjunction with the music? Does it exist as an entity or is it just an illusion or at least an effect of our perception? By listening to these 2260 seconds all these hypotheses are set up on air to last on. It needs no answers to be answered for. Tension coming out of it it is up there as an instrument. All in all, it is certainly an outstanding outing from the previous year.
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