In 1998, VIPs of the Michigan space-rock set Randall Nieman (Fnxa) and Erik Kassab (Gravity Wax) released a pair of limited 12-inch EPs under the suitably secretive cover of Unexplained Transmissions. England's Ochre label thoughtfully compiled the records on CD, preserving some of the most visionary music ever to drift through the suburbs of smog-choked Motor City. The starry, centerless atmospheres of UNEXPLAINED TRANSMISSIONS nod in the direction of ambient progenitor Brian Eno and the Teutonic touchstones of the '70s space music so stimulating to Unexplained Transmissions and other musicians in their circle.
Like their forebears, Neiman and Kassab appreciate the inspirational power of sound. UNEXPLAINED TRANSMISSIONS invites one to imagine outer--or inner--spaces free from the visual references enforced by Kubrick, Lucas, Scott, Tarkovski, and video game/comic book cultures. In a sense, music like this is the ultimate amusement, cueing the mind to dream up an infinite array of universes and impossible worlds. Think of these 61 minutes as a mental aid, and let the games continue long after "-" subsides into silence. The only limitation is your own imagination.