Various Artists

Folktales

  • AllMusic Rating
    6
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

Folktales consists of three experimental pieces created "to explore the literary aspects of sound and performance." Each of the compositions is around 20 minutes in length, and appears on its own three-inch compact disc, all packaged together in a limited edition run of 300. The first, "Two Ice Fields of the Exact Same Size," by Chris Rosenau, appears to consist of objects thrown against a wall and bouncing back on the floor, with a steady grating or scraping sound forming a bed of sound beneath them. The second, Hal Rammel's "Three Days From Anywhere," is barely audible, with a variable, far away hum that spikes and spills just on the edge of recognition. The third piece, "Lave," by John Kannenberg, has the sound of a summertime nap, with lawn sprinklers spinning, and what sounds like cars rushing by, all creating a sort of underwater, dreamlike soundscape. This is far from the pop realm, and that these compositions have no possible commercial future whatsoever is part of what makes them so compelling. It's hard to imagine who would buy such a package, but it is so lovingly and creatively done, you realize that sometimes, it is the sheer doing that counts, and that the human spirit, and not commerce, is the real driving force behind creative expression.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
18:39
blue highlight denotes track pick