The Sound Cage

The Sound Cage

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With no label or catalog number, you might be tempted to question whether this enigmatic LP actually existed, although you can be assured that it was in fact being distributed by the largest new music distribution service operating in the U.S. at the time. Side one has dark and disquieting treatments and manipulations of sounds from modified large floor drums, flutes, modulated bass, and various other instruments. It's mostly noteworthy for side two, though, which has improvisations by Dine Forbate (piano) and Allie Marcel (modulated bass). This is ambient music at its most melancholy and foreboding, the cavernous, echoing acoustics creating a storm-clouds-a-comin' atmosphere perfectly suited for days of incessant rain and thunder. Like some of Harold Budd's similar work, it's nonetheless attractive enough to interest some listeners beyond the avant-garde pale.