Chris Brown - "Talking Drum", Pogus
www.pogus.com

A record like "Talking Drum" comes along once in a blue moon. Why do I say that? Simply put, I've not heard anything quite like it that so boldly crosses the line between field recording, electronic music, improvisation and world music, while comfortably fitting into any of these sub-categories. The premise sounds simple enough. Composer and pianist Chris Brown [who some identify as the electroacoustic guy, while others will want to claim as the improvised musician] goes out to various parts of the world all over Europe, Cuba, Turkey, Hawaii, Bali and between 1991 and 1999 records the natural environments of each location, along with sounds of indigenous music. The challenge comes next. Now, Chris set up an installation of four networked laptops, which were programmed to explore cyclical polyrhythms in large acoustic spaces. Along with these laptops, Chris organized a series of performances with live musicians, who directly interacted with the laptops. Computers were programmed in such a way as to "respond" to live musicians' interaction with the group. The live musicians improvised with the rhythms and the computers' response to their playing. Truly, a men-meets-computer-meets-men scenario then. Use of headphones is highly recommended [there are so many details that you wouldn't want to miss]. The 27 brief pieces [that are sequenced to run into each other] explore a world of percussive beat and the surrounding areas where the incidentary music was put to tape. It's not all that easy at first to tell where the machine met the human [and vice versa] on this record, but when you make the connection, that's when the real joy of close and exploratory listening begins. I hate to go into too many details, other than to say that the sound of the talking drum is cleanly recorded [as is the rest of the field portion of the record] and sounds outstanding. For those with open minds for music of all genres, "Talking Drum" is full of surprises and provides a myriad of rewards. Best with repeat listens.

Tom Sekowski


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+ The Dynamic Duo Rashied Ali & Arthur Rhames - Remember Trane and Bird
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+ Thurston Moore / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 1; Thuja / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 2; Jackie-O Motherfucker / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 3; Jim O'rourke / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 4; Christina Carter / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 5; My Cat Is An Alien - On Air at Sound Projecting; My Cat Is An Alien - Through The Reflex of the Rain; Roberto Opalio - Chants from Isolated Ghosts
+ Christ. - Seeing and Doing; Kyo Ichinose - Iontano; Prhizzm - Prhizzm EP
>> Chris Brown - Talking Drum
+ Basil Kirchin - Abstractions of the Industrial North

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