Quite different from Stephen Philips' more consonant ambient works comes this live recording, Live at the BZ. This recording, which consists of nine parts of varying length, seems to be comparable to one long-running work. This work isn't as consonant as Philips' other ambient works, but it's not dissonant either; it seems to be a combination of neo-industrial ambient, strangely dark background sound, and one may even be able to hear traces of Steve Roach's live recording, Stormwarning, lurking in there somewhere. This is a strangely ambient recording that seems to be more experimental and abstract than his other ambient works, but at the same time there's a bit more of a direct lineage to the early pioneers of electronic music found here. Those who enjoy experimental and abstract ambient noises will find this an excellent recording and an even stranger live recording. This isn't a recommended starting point for Philips' work for those not already familiar with it, as this isn't representative of his more consonant ambient works.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi