Continuing the Still Life series by Nelson Foltz and Tom Lynn, naturally created music, naturally created spaces...
Using only organic non-electronic instruments, Nelson Foltz and Tom Lynn have created a beautiful and introspective long form piece as the third volume in their Still Life series. Subtitled Berlin Winter 2007, the disc does a remarkable job of creating a unique environment through the use of acoustic instruments and other naturally occuring sounds.
Still Life:Volume 3 is a very full disc sonically, one where a variety of tones mingle and play around each other to form a dense space within a single long form work. Short drone-y sounds serve as a backdrop for the soundscape, though I'm at a loss to identify what their source is, a fact that makes them all
the more interesting as a result of their obscure origin. After the listener becomes acquainted with the soundscape of the work, a mournful trumpet can be heard suggesting late nights on dark and foggy streets. Soon water drums and echoing patterns can be heard to play throughout the piece, forming an irregular percussive pattern that takes the listener in a variety of directions, but never strays too far from the main space that's been created. As the disc progresses, new sounds and new tones are added to the soundscape, leading the listener along specific paths, allowing them to explore the space in greater detail, but always keeping them tethered to the same general location as if to suggest boundaries to the environment. Eventually one becomes so used to the way sounds mesh and mingle with each other, so accustomed to the shape of sounds, that silence and change becomes almost shocking to the listener. As the disc ends and the shape and form of the space created vanishes into nothingness, one can't help but feel wanting, hoping for a return to the world created over the course of the disc's length.
Needless to say, Still Life:Volume 3 is wonderful example of how natural elements can be manipulated and formed into a new space for reflection. In an era where so many artists rely on the use of electronics to convey ideas and environments, it's quite refreshing to hear something so rich and dense actually being played live by the artists. An impressive release by a very talented duo.
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