Album Review

Subcutaneous Sound 2007 [coll] – [Mills College Music Prog]

lombard   7/7/2009   A Library, CD

This compilation, “Subcutaneous Sound (New Music from the Mills Music Community 2007” presents a nice range of sounds from graduate students at Mills College. As the liner notes predict, “maybe the artists on this CD will be the musical mavericks who attract the next wave of pioneers to this autre outpost in future years.”

It begins with Ayako Kataoka’s piece “I Love You Adroitly,” which incorporates spoken female vocals, clarinet, flute, percussion, guitar, electronics and dance! Following that is a 50second or so piece full of static, clicks, and beeps by Travis Johns. Liz Meredith manipulates viola on her piece and adds rings and metallic sound, like cranks or winding machinery. Amanda Schoofs’s track features a wailing female voice, flute, sax, contrabass and trombone and makes for a hectic conversation. Aram Shelton provides a pretty jazz-like track with “Peltep” and the chimes add to the beauty. It ends with a dramatic, verging on classical piece by Peter Bo Rappmund.

Dive in and find what you might dig from the more “natural” to the more manipulated ends of the spectrum….it ranges from recording/processing pieces to others with tabla and field recordings.

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