This collection of essays on Ambient Music provides a series of provocations, observations and reflections that each open up seams for further discussion.
Monty Adkins’ alternate soundtrack to Warhol’s static 8 hour ‘Empire’ *** Eliane Radigue‘s ever-changing sonic stasis on a 14-CD box set. Ever moving, ever standing still.
Monty Adkins’ ‘Moeror’ is dedicated to Jóhann Jóhannsson; Halftribe‘s latest album can be played in the summer (…or in any other season…)
With his impressive back catalogue, Monty Adkins has become one of my favourite artist.
So it’s great news when TWO new albums are released almost simultaneously!
Monty Adkins he often chooses a single instrument to work with and then starts exploring its possibilities and manipulating its sounds.
And while the starting point and sounds are very different to begin with, he manages to create a ‘sound-field’ that is immediately recognisable.
“Unfurling Streams”, his recent release on Crónica, is based on recordings of percussion instruments made by Jonny Axelsson (a much praised percussionist with impressive experience in playing contemporary music by composers like Stockhausen, Ligeti and Kevin Volans) and Monty Adkins himself.
‘Borderlands’ is an extended meditation for multitracked cellos recorded by cellist William Mace. The composition ‘comprises of six interludes and six extended panels, each comprising twenty-eight short melodic fragments. Each panel uses the same fragments to form new melodies and harmonies.” – but for the listener it feels – and can be enjoyed – as one single uninterrupted piece.
A piece in which every single detail has its place, a piece that conveys that everything is as it should be. A very, very comforting piece.