Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
CD – Pogus
Aboriginal didgeridoos, ‘conch shells’ (shells belonging to Hindu musical tradition, often played during religious ceremonies), ‘waterphones’ (water instruments, used in ambient music and derived from Tibetan musical instruments), and (but not only) ‘pod rattles’ (percussion instruments from Zimbabwe). All of this, together with more classic instruments (trombone, oboe) and some unusual ones (clarinet-contrabass), was skillfully organized in ‘Thousand Year Dreaming’ and ‘Floating World’ to articulate the varied frame of this improvisational ensemble, centered around Annea Lockwood’s strong personality. Hypnotic sequences, rarefied and full of mysticism, dream-like atmospheres and breaths. When the contemporary nature of sounds is mixed with ancient energies, the results can be very interesting: it’s enough to shy away from new age excesses and pretentious spiritualities.