Phill Niblock

Touch Three

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Although his name should be uttered in the same breath with such pioneers as Riley, Young, Reich, and Glass (aka The Four Horsemen of the Minimalists), Phill Niblock has been largely overlooked by the history books as a pioneer of the minimalist sound that emerged in the late '60s. Thankfully, strides have been made in recent years to correct this situation, and leading the way has been U.K. imprint Touch. This ambitious three-disc set was recorded from 2003-2005. The compositions were recorded direct to disc using one solo instrument and a single microphone, and then edited to remove the breathing spaces, leaving only the pure tone from the musician and its resonance. The drones were then mildly manipulated using digital editing to produce small microtones of sound, resulting in changes that unfold at a painfully slow pace. Like some of Niblock's earlier works, there's very little here in terms of rhythm or melody, and the traces of either that do exist are the result of extremely minute changes that creep up if passive listening is employed. Not exactly adventurous listening for those needing constant stimulation, but in an age of immediate access and instant gratification, it's nice to hear something that makes patience an ally.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
21:50
2
20:26
3
24:43

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
16:29 Amazon
2
23:34
3
22:20

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
23:04
2
25:10
3
25:08
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