Music Reviews

Artist: Thomas Ankersmit (@)
Title: Homage to Dick Raaijmakers
Format: CD
Label: Shelter Press (@)
Rated: *****
As the title suggests, this album is inspired by the work of Dick Raaijmakers which was one of the pioneers of electronic music and to explore the concept of the morphology of sound. Mimicking his works, Ankersmit uses the properties of sound to build a sort of weather system i.e., a way to reference phenomenon as storms with noise generators and envelopers by recreate its sound. This peace should be listened through loudspeakers as it make use of tones generated by the inner ear in response to the recorded sound and it configures itself as a map of synthetic sound.
The quiet noises open this release and are almost doubled by the other generators used, so a pulsating sound environment is created where a looping sine wave gives a temporal framework for the other insertion until a feedback acts as an interlude for the next part of the track. All this happens in the first three minutes of the track which evolves in abstract pattern of sound and with an highly structured sense of form. The sound is deeply rooted in an idea of sound reduced to its basic sources, sine and noises, and it explores its basic forms, duration and width, so it happens that the most rhythmical oriented form of sound, the pulse, emerges from its most static ones, sine and noise, and so the spatial element emerges from the elaboration of the sound made by ears; so, even a small rotation of the head change the perceived sound at least in one of its properties. The sense of dynamics of the composer ensures that quiet moments act as structural element to split composition's sections, and this way the parts based on noise generators are clearly separated by the ones with a more defined sound spectrum. At the end of this release noises are used as rhythmical elements and sharp sinewaves put a listener in a specific place until a lowing in frequency relax him to end the piece.
It's obviously a demanding listening for someone not used to this structured and abstract music; moreover, its length could be barrier in an era where opuses are heard in short fragments. However who is willing to listen will have a release that has something to be analyzed. Press the 'repeat' button.

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