Electronic musician Rafael Toral has assembled a fistful of guests from the worlds of free jazz and improvisation for the second volume in his Space Elements, which attempt to find a new language for improv. In a time when free jazz, once the ultimate breaking down of sonic structure, has itself become a codified system with rules and best practices, what's next? Based on this evidence, Toral (and he's not alone in this) thinks quiet pings and electronic hums and whooshes are the way to go. Some of these tracks recall the short, soft interlude-like pieces, like "Little Church" and "Selim," from Miles Davis' Live-Evil, with their mix of hand percussion and electronic squeals and squiggles. Others are even more atmospheric than that. None ever develops into anything resembling a composition, or even a successful improvisatory dialogue; it's all just brief half-ideas, one after another, and eventually it ends. Which, if one is a philosopher investigating chance and the properties of sound, is fine. But if one is a listener hoping to be entertained, better luck next time.
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AllMusic Review by Phil Freeman