Rsundin

Sleepwalk

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Released in Ground Fault's Series I (quiet), Rsundin's Sleepwalk unfolds like a dream -- a very hectic, elusive one. The piece is split into 44 tracks, for a total duration of a little under 43 minutes. The first 43 tracks pass by in 28 minutes. This section of the album is therefore filled with very short musical gestures: clashes of percussion (especially at the beginning), feedback, guitar, prepared CDs, field recordings, and laptop all supply bits and pieces of a dream half remembered. The vocabulary is ample, but the syntax primitive. At one point the listener is tempted to think that Rsundin is actually laying down his sound sources, showing the building blocks used for a hypothetical construction to follow. As one reaches track number 44, it becomes obvious that is not the case. The 15-minute closer is the complete antithesis of what preceded it: long, static, and uneventful. Selected tones are accompanied by light noise. Analogies to non-responding synapses (static glitches in-between tones) and dead cerebral activity creep into the listener's mind, evoking the alienating landscape of Gal's fabulous Defragmentation/Blue. The juxtaposition of these two sections is where Sleepwalk's interest resides -- otherwise it is just another CD of laptop-produced experimental sound art lacking the panache of albums by Fennesz or Jim O'Rourke. But this contrast between the last piece and everything coming before it provides the artistic equivalent of a chill down one's spine.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:27
2
0:12
3
0:21
4
1:23
5
2:05
6
1:44
7
0:21
8
0:29
9
0:14
10
0:40
11
0:20
12
0:14
13
0:23
14
0:11
15
0:27
16
0:04
17
0:32
18
1:00
19
0:05
20
0:05
21
0:07
22
0:13
23
1:00
24
0:50
25
0:26
26
0:25
27
0:14
28
0:41
29
0:45
30
0:15
31
0:11
32
0:26
33
0:20
34
0:08
35
1:03
36
0:05
37
0:57
38
0:04
39
0:28
40
1:21
41
0:50
42
2:08
43
3:04
44
15:10
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