Scott Smallwood

Scott Smallwood: Electrotherapy

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Scott Smallwood is a doctoral fellow in music composition at Princeton University, an improviser, and a "sound artist." Electrotherapy is based out of sounds generated by pre-digital (and even pre-solid state) electronics, including old-fashioned induction coils and an oscillator that operates on ultraviolet rays. The devices are drawn from a collection of aged electronic devices belonging to photographer and musician Pete Barvoets, and some would not be out of place in an old telephone system or Doctor Frankenstein's lab, for example. Electrotherapy is made up of 13 tracks, but seems nearly continuous thanks to careful sequencing of the pieces. sunkraft and rapiquet seem to break out into a sort of low-voltage boogie, but overall, Electrotherapy is fairly a quiet and a slowly evolving disc that is low key without being boring. Oddly, the sizzling, humming, percolating, clickety-clack sounds of these arcane electrical devices are reassuring in a way, producing a kind of antique warmth. Electrotherapy can be eagerly recommended to both enthusiasts of high-brow electronic music and to more adventurous fans of ambient and/or techno sonic experimentation.

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