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    Curran, Alvin – “Under The Fig Tree” – [Die Schachtel]

    Two side-long pieces from last century. The title track starts with
    birds and the bees, or maybe it is a damn fly in the ointment of your
    inner ear, and then waves of synth come pouring. Very much a “dervish”
    feel a la Terry Riley. Interesting that this was originally written
    for t-bone. Speeds of the waves vary, as may your level of sartori.
    Or it could be a function of the tapes used for overdubbing? The
    insects, as in life suspect, are there before and after man.

    On the flip side, “The Magic Carpet” may need to be set up for the
    listener. It is a living room of sorts, spider-strung with not-necessarily
    tuned strings. Add in chimes and contact mics for effect. It was
    a 1970 sound installation, and would be a wonder at Chapel of the
    Chimes in Oakland. On disk, the more the listener puts in, the more
    s/he will pull out I suspect. Too bad there’s no video to see the
    setting off of the sound, was it a subtle walk through or a
    tasmanian devil spin. At one point the sound to me blurred and felt
    like the white (grey?) noise of a traffic jam. One would hope the
    Magic Carpet would be able to elevate above that.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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