Jonah Sharp


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The manipulation of spirit through music is both a subject of historical fact and ongoing development. Traditional instruments have served spiritual purposes very well over the millennia, especially where rhythm is concerned. Where drums, rattles, and sistrae have served in the past, electronic instruments serve in the present and look to provide service in the future -- especially those that can easily produce a shift in sonic identity (samplers are good for this, but synthesizers, ever more complex, can take a bare mathematical notion and produce something formerly unknown from it.) Jonah Sharp and Bill Laswell, working in tandem, have produced a pair of ambient slabs built on a mixture of rhythmic anchor and rhythmic shift, in which bass underlies skittish, swirling synthesizer layers with a pulsing thread that almost helps to focus the electronics, before fading slowly away. What comes between the anchors is a sound of space and spirit -- while the synthesizers crisscross and swirl in their own pulsing rhythms, the sound is only truly rooted when the bass breathes in -- this, at least, is "Zurvan Akra." "Aion" is more subtle in its rhythmic interplay, though it is there, woven into the deep space fabric of things. Sharp and Laswell spend their time riding the cycles in the heart of the piece, producing something that, on the whole, might be seen as quite a piece for planetariums -- or Halloween spook shows. Even with the cycles and rhythms, it's very easy to let go and just drift, floating from one end to the other even through the deep bass passages. True space music.

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feat: Bill Laswell
feat: Bill Laswell
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