Television Power Electric

Television Power Electric

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When the eye first glances at the list of musicians on the back of the CD tray, it pops up the remark: "Nice line-up!" Meeting the trio TV Pow (Todd Carter, Brent Gutzeit and Michael Hartman) for this session are the legendary Otomo Yoshihide, Alejandra & Aeron's Aeron Bergman, plus Jim Baker, Ernst Long, and R. Wilkus. These eight electronicians/noisicians who use anything from amplified objects and a VCS-3 synthesizer up to state-of-the-art laptop computers were locked in a two-day recording session. TV Pow took care of mixing down and editing the material, the result being this album credited to Television Power Electric. It's a beautiful exercise in experimental electronica. With so many players, it would have been easy to turn up the volume and play the "upstage me and I'll upstage you" trick. Instead, the group keeps things very quiet, but the discerning ear catches all the busy fiddling taking place in the background ("The Angels Have Been Seen to Wear Dirty Jackets" is exemplary in that regard). The music is akin to MIMEO, or Poire_Z, ever-shifting yet deceptively scaled-down. Of course, in such a project the individualities are lost into the greater whole: There is no way of singling out one performer and that's just perfect. The CD-ROM portion of the disc contains a video for the piece "Brown (Was the Color of Her Dress) and Then Blue Smoke" by Thomas Deater, put together from footage shot at the recording session.