If minimalism itself called for further reduction, the sound of Jliat is the antithesis of such an experiment. There is a certain quest for purity in stripping music of its accent and returning to pure tone. Never giving in to such trappings as gestures, this piece is a static electronic drone, and its variation is so minute that it is almost inaudible. After the pioneering minimalist La Monte Young, the reduced electronica of Pan Sonic, and the oblique industrial music of the Hafler Trio, the logical progression is to make a music of nothingness that is absolute. As a piece of conceptual art this recording may have merit, but the boldness of the statement may only sustain one listen or become a useful tool for the contemplation of pure tone. Avant-garde music logically takes a tangent toward nothingness, and hardcore fans of minimalism will find this recording to be of much interest.
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