Album Review

Cosmic Debris Volume II [coll] – [a Silent Place]

humana   7/28/2008   A Library, CD

Cosmic Debris Volume II – Coll.: CD (2007) A Silent Place
Avant garde/experimental/improv: Steve Roden delivers the first two tracks, and My Cat Is An Alien (MCIAA) provides the third and last track. Maurizio and Roberto Opalio from Torino, Italy (MCIAA) give us 19:38 of “multilayered echoes of voice, toy piano, space drones” along with a tumult of Japanese bells played by Ramona Ponzini. Steve Roden, a visual and sound artist from California, opens the CD with a 13:08 piece using objects and field recordings to create a starry soundscape that summons images of spaceships during graveyard shifts. His second track is melodic, upbeat, and pleasant, featuring Roden on electric guitar. This simple song lasts 6:52. Tracks 1 and 2 start quietly and end early at 0:13 and 0:08, respectively. Track 3 ends with sounds of MCIAA packing up and leaving stage, with footsteps walking away underneath the sound of the Japanese bells.

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