Album Review

Lewis, Andrew – “Au-Dela” – [Empreintes Digitales]

mickeyslim   11/19/2014   A Library, CD


Andrew Lewis takes the name for this album from the French word “beyond,” and takes himself there through the power of realized sound. Lewis is a professor of music at the Bangor University in Wales, UK. With only one other release (a DVD from the same label Empreintes DIGITALes,) Lewis’ music thankfully finds its way into the KFJC library!

Amazing work here, Lewis calls his sounds “acousmatic music,” which I think is inherently confusing since it seems to mean hearing music without knowing it’s source. That being said, it isn’t exactly easy to pick out what “instrument” he’s playing as it’s a collage of field recordings and electronics. Sometimes the sound is hectic, other times scarce, but each track focuses on a certain idea, which I’ve described below.

1) Touches on the idea of dyslexia
2) reveals the unexpected harmonies of broken glass
3) sounds interpretation of mountains surrounding Bangor Univ. studios
4) reveals and consumes its sound elements at light speed
5) reinvents Wales’ sonic culture
6) bring the listener back to childhood

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