Soft Ash

Darrin Verhagen

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Soft Ash Review

by Tom Schulte

This disc works well as headphone ambient sound experiments. At least a couple of tracks are punctuated by loud bursts, but you'll survive. Composer Verhagen definitely sees each track as a standalone and even has volume level recommendations for each track. While this may provide the most accurate listening experience, it is not practical. In each piece the sky is falling. That is, each piece is inspired by a historical event of "lethal atmospheric inversion" where airborne pollutants are brought to ground level. The total effect is both eerie and impressive. The cuts are entirely different in conception, but not representation. Instrumentation varies from sampled sounds to percussion to strings to horns to environmental sounds. Recommended for listening to alone on dark, foggy nights.

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