lundi 8 novembre 2010

AIR SCULPTURE: Before The (Full) Moon (2006)

In the context of Ricochet Dream thematic concerts, the 2005 Ricochet Gathering was held in the fabulous Canary Islands, coasts of Spain. The theme of this great festival, bringing together prestigious names as Steve Joliffe, Paul Lawler, Paul Nagle, Polaris, Star Sounds Orchestra and Air Sculpture, was Tangerine Dream cult album Ricochet. Vic Reck label, Ricochet Dream, released good CD-R of those events, as well as factory pressed CD, produces a double CD-R of Air Sculpture splendid performance. So here is the integral of a concert where the origins of Ricochet are transcended to add a bit of contemporaneousness to it.
Long and sinuous synth line opens La Gomera Part I. A slow and oblong line which circumvents unperceivable elements to follow a tangent invisible to the eye but perceptible to hearing while furrowing a strange oceanic desert, faithful to long improvised introductions of the English trio. Air Sculpture likes to take time to draw its sound canvas with the passion and the patience of an artist with slow gestures but who knows where he goes. And La Gomera Part I moves on with strikes of rows in quixotic water. Row strikes encircled of cosmic sonorities and tortuous reverberations, a little as if one penetrated an obscure and prohibited universe. This slow intro is spreading out over more than twelve minutes, there where spectral breezes mix up to reverberations which form sound loops to aspired abstract elements and made room to a soft sequential approach. Sequences which hole in a caustic cloud, to drummed on a structure with a progressive sequential impetus in the nocturne territories of the loopy reverberations from the sounds of the intro, but surrounded by a fine mellotron fog. La Gomera Part I takes life on sequences which hop nervously and a synth with soft dreamy pads which wrap a hypnotic movement. A movement flew over by soft harmonious solos which croon on a tempo, grazing a technoïd approach. The sequences are agitating. They resound of heaviness under the charms of a synth with divine solos, a mellotron with a mystical fog and a ghostly line that overhangs a hypnotic movement, very close to a hallucinatory trance. Around the 29th minute, the rhythm breaks and takes an unexpected tangent with gently frantic percussions, like Tom-tom of a jungle in alert. A fine bass line adds a depth to the movement, whereas a synth is transformed into a guitar and throws furious riffs which resound heavily on an ambivalent structure which hesitates between an ethnic rhythm and a movement of trance. One would believe to hear Ashra Temple in Japan on Echo Waves. Hammered by more insistent tom-toms, the tempo is getting more frantic with percussions which pound a rhythmic already boosted. Synths spread long warmth solos encircled by hoops of syncopated resonances and a nice misty pad, whereas frantic percussions are calm down, bringing La Gomera Part I towards peaks of tranquility. A relative peace, because after that austere layers of a mellotron synth lose their hazy orchestrations beneath laments of a solitary synth wavering to the moon, fine percussions hit a new rhythmic tangent. A tempo that candidly grows below synths with breezes and hybrid lines accompanied by a nice keyboard with keys dancing on finely hammered percussions.
The intro of La Gomera Part II starts more quickly. A soft electric piano plays below solitary moon reflections, accompanied by a synth with sinuous waves. A delicate intro, a bit jazzy, that charms and subjugates so much the dialogue between piano notes and synth to elusive waves seems realistic. Definitely melodious and serene La Gomera Part II intro floats like a balsam on melancholy. A suave and hearty intro that softly vanishes in a lumbering sequential impulse which gallops among mythical plains from a mellotron filled of dense and misty pads. The keyboard shapes a harmony which stows to sequencer rhythmic chords with its limpid keys that shine around a synth with whirling solos. We are straight in the heart of a renewed Ricochet on permutations of sequential movements which flow freely, rushing into the atmospheric abysses of La Gomera Part II. A short sonic interlude where variegated sonorities forge a psychedelic temper, right before sinking under the charm of a delicate enchanting flute. Prelude to the establishing of sequences that sound like African Tom-tom and rhythmic approach which broke in the 1st part. Except that here the tempo is more suave, almost like in tropical islands, with a soft electric piano which spreads out its melodious notes over a tempo which undulates more heavily and a synth with slightly spectral breezes. La Gomera Part II deviates towards a heavier and frantic rhythm, strongly inspired by Ashra, to concludes on an unbridled rhythmic where electronic percussions hammer feverishly a heavy techno and house structure. A wild, frantic and syncopated movement, worthy of dance floors, surrounded by sonic and variegated sound effects as these percussions which collide like metal sheets.
This special edition, presenting the whole concert of Air Sculpture in the Canary Islands is worth amply the expense. And it’s too bad that I had to get the mastered and pressed CD from Ricochet Dream (RD020) to put my ears in this original sound immersion. If this 2 CD-R edition is still available, I strongly recommend this monumental album which is at the crossing of EM antipodes and a furious mixture of Tangerine Dream and Ashra in their techno minimalism years. Excellent! Even with some minor errors of recording which are losing easily in this torrent of frenzied music.

RICOCHET DREAM RD020-P2

Sylvain Lupari
Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream; http://www.gutsofdarkness.com/god/objet.php?objet=13936

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