England - Full Moon 245 - 08/18/16
Not on label/Rudi Arapahoe self-released
The concept behind Rudi Arapahoe's new album False Self is an interesting one, especially to anyone curious about the grey area between composition and improvisation. As detailed
in the album's liner notes, Arapahoe used the SuperCollider programming language to create "an algorithmic musician designed to compose and play
alongside my true self". The results were then used as a springboard for further improvisation, composition and performance of the musical information by human musicians on keyboard
instruments, tuned percussion, bass flute and bass clarinet. The results are otherworldly and beautiful.
The six pieces, ranging from six to ten minutes in length, are decidedly eerie in atmosphere, hovering like phantoms unsure of their next life. The song titles 'Mechanical Mask', 'Petrification
Phastasy' and 'Ice Carnival' offer a vivid glimpse of the soundworlds mapped out and available to explore. Sustained tones bleed out into '80s reverb. Struck metal shimmers and blooms. The
spaces between the sounds are as important as the sounds themselves.
For some, this will probably fail to register as music, or will test the endurance like water torture. It's certainly firmly in the abstract ambient camp, yet I find there's just enough
musical connectivity between these sounds to lead me, rapt, across this chilly chasm.
False Self is available now to download on a pay-what-you-want basis via Music Glue.
Copyright © 2016 Tim Clarke