The latest installment in the Still Life series of recordings created by Nelson Foltz and Tom Lynn will be released this month on the independent Stillsounds label. Details and soundclips can be found at stillsounds.com
Still Life - volume two continues and expands the soundscapes of the previous recordings. The entire album is one 52-minute piece, composed of seamlessly connected musical sections which grow out of the sounds of everyday life. A subtle 60Hz electric hum is used as a first drone over which a choir of 'ghost bells' sounds. Everyday sounds from the listening environment, such as a faucet dripping or the tick of a clock, become part of the work and are integrated into the orchestration.
The whole piece slowly morphs from sparse to rhythmic and back again. This project explores the meditative aspects of rhythmic entrainment and the kind of transcendent experience that repetitive percussion can unlock. West African drumming and the trance-inducing music of religions like santeria and condomble were an indirect influence.
Once again the emphasis is on subtlety and maintaining a unified mood. This is accomplished through the selection of instruments, both familiar and odd, that are played and recorded in novel ways. This creates a soundscape that is new but rooted in ancient and timeless sounds.