Music Reviews

Artist: An Infinity Room (@)
Title: White On White
Format: Tape
Label: A Guide To Saints (@)
Rated: *****
The first thing I'd think about when speaking of white on white is...onion! I'd take this wonderful vegetable as a starting point to describe this interesting output by Australian sound artist and composer Julian Day's durational project An Infinity Room. Actually the only similarity against onions is the juxtaposition of somehow distinguishable layers and their "concentric convergence", where the homogenous layers are pure tones (despite its title, I perceived no white noises in the three tracks of "White On White"), which got gradually piled till they generate aural illusions, and the center of such a convergence is listener's ear. No real similarities with other feature of an onion, as far as the psychoacoustic experiment, aimed to render "rooms within rooms" according to Julian own words, won't infer tears of ecstatic joy during the listening experience, he provided. The delicate flow he renders over the three tracks (two of them - "Intercessions" and "Void", my favorite one - last more than 40 minutes, while the central piece - wisely named "Rhetoric" - I'd like to think he found some matching between the embellished emptiness of rhetoric and his sound art -) are aimed to explore the intimate nexus between perception and environment and are fundamentally based on psychoacoustics principles of illusions, rendered by layering of similar or identical frequencies. Tones of the three tracks, composed and recorded in Sidney, are played by identical keyboards, but Julian wisely exploits the illusion of "movement" or variation that can be reached if they got played in unison. Good speakers and an aptly sized space to play them are recommended to enhance these refined drone-like outputs (strictly on tape).

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