Aluminium is the result of an extended studio session recorded in Vienna on April 13, 2000. At that time, New Zealand's Dean Roberts was a rising star in the European free improv sky. Werner Dafeldecker was already a renowned figure of the Austrian scene and one of the few influential people (with Günter Müller, Keith Rowe, Burkhard Stangl, and Martin Siewert) that defined the new aesthetics of improvisation in the third millennium. And the beautiful Aluminium embodies this fresh approach. Exit the virtuosic rates of notes per second and the over-adrenaline sweaty improvs. Roberts and Dafeldecker work on textures provided by electric guitars, simple electronics, and a high-hat placed between them during the session. Buzzes, crackles, and hums are carefully laid down in order to create strange and enticing pieces. "Rock and Roll Part 4" opens with a sine wave, accompanied by low guitar scratching (you'll never hear a chord or anything close to a note) -- a disquieting ten minutes. The half-hour "Rock and Roll Part 5" is on the contrary very atmospheric: textures develop slowly and surround the listener, catching his attention from every direction, atmospheric drones polluted by electrical discharges. A masterpiece. Of course, by now you must understand there is nothing "Rock & Roll" about Aluminium, except the prominent role played by the guitar. Well, maybe it's enough.
AllMusic Review by François Couture