On the same day we're 'treated' to a first taste of Warped Eno, how refreshing to instantly shrug off that clunking disappointment with the shimmering, layered subtleties of Koen Holtkamp. The Mountains-eer's new Gravity/Bees (extract & video below) is the kind of record that Eno ought still to be making, a beguiling, warm experimental gem that manages to enlarge notions of what constitutes a sound source (bees?!) & of what ambient music can, er, be.
"In The Absence Of Gravity…" is a side-long piece based around a 2008 solo performance in Brighton. The technical set up was somewhat inspired by Terry Riley's 'time-lag accumulator' pieces using a delay system where Holtkamp was constantly recording over himself in order to create a continuous and fluid overall sound. A friend sent him a recording of the performance and it encouraged Holtkamp to take a non-purist approach and combine the live recording with some of his more recent studio experimentations from the summer of 2010. The work is built mainly around processed acoustic guitar, analog synthesizers, and electronics but also incorporates recordings of harmonica, electric organ, small percussion objects, and an unlikely glass of ginger ale.
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