Artemiy Artemiev

A Moment of Infinity

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A Moment of Infinity is the second collaboration between Artemiy Artemiev and Phillip B. Klingler (aka PBK). Dreams in Moving Space (released in 2000) created an eerie, haunted atmosphere. This one is more tempered, although "A Rite of Passage" has its disquieting moments. Most of the elements from the first album were used again, but with more subtlety. Ghostly samples play a lesser role. Whenever rhythms appear, they consist of tribal percussion instead of electronic beats. Here, one must point out the quality of the programming. Everything on the album is played via keyboards -- no "real" percussion whatsoever, but they truly feel natural. "Broken Sleep in the Fracture Zone" quickly sets the tone: long keyboard chords, spacy synth swirls, some odd samples, and unidentified sounds. All this is sculpted with great artistry, more detailed but with less immediate impact than on the previous CD. The first track ends with an episode of tribal percussion and grunts, very suggestive. The main piece should be the 27-minute title track, but it gets lost in its own meanders, lingering on for too long. It is quickly eclipsed by "A Rite of Passage," where the voice of Artemiev's young son, sampled women voices, and heavier experimental electronics (filter manipulations the likes of Fennesz and Hazard) give the piece a different personality and bring the album to an excellent stop. A Moment of Infinity requires a bit more effort from the listener, but it rewards accordingly.

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