Steve Roden

Four Possible Landscapes

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The Four Possible Landscapes Steve Roden offers on this CD develop slowly and remain soft-spoken. If one follows the instructions to listen at a low volume level, it becomes evanescent as the listener's mind drifts away -- but isn't that what the title implies? Three of these works (the "bench" series) were created using only samples from Bernhard Günter's CD Détails Agrandis. Concrete sounds and electronic tones blend to create bare textural pieces, with "Reflection. Refraction (Third Bench)" being the most peaceful and delicate one. The material heard on "Resonantlightones" was allegedly derived from the sound of a light switch, which is quite hard to believe considering the beautiful forward/backward electronic notes that are the sole constituent of this work. Whatever the process used, Four Possible Landscapes delivers enjoyable dreamy ambient sound constructions. Some listeners may find it just a bit too sterile.

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