Album Review

Sender, Ramon – “Desert Ambulance ” – [Locust Music]

Thurston Hunger   2/2/2006   12-inch, A Library

Two pieces from sonic bender scene transcender, each piece
a spry forty years old or so.
“Kore” – somewhere between a Terry Riley dervish driver
and a Raymond Scott ultrasound dreamstate. Wiggly trackball
sprinting key spritzes pre-date video game high scores.
Underneath those, aquatic squelch rolls in and out like a
breathing shoreline. Grunion running in these vinyl grooves.
“Desert Ambulance” – different side and a different world.
See liner notes for insights into the internal view to this,
including conections to the Spanish Civil War. Also we find
this side includes the beautiful bellows of Pauline Oliveros.
Her accordion plays straight man to a tape chorale fatale.
Some pizzicato strings are added for a nervous twitch. It
could pass today as abstract turntablism, which is praise
for the unreal-to-reel work here. Towards the end, the
strings start to spiral up stronger into the sky.
-Thurston Hunger

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