Album Review

Steffey, Daniel – “Chloros” – [Edgetone Records]

Apollo   3/15/2011   A Library, CD

Noise and experimentation from Mills College student Daniel Steffey.

Steffey explains that “This music was written in 2009-2010 and explores the audio qualities of radio and sine waves and how they interact with each other along with other mechanisms such as feedback, digital manipulation, and analogue distortion.” Steffey used shortwave radio, Audacity, Max/MSP, custom built feedback boxes, 1/4″ reel-to-reel tape machines, cassette recorders, and an HP oscillator.

The album as a whole is a collage of buzzes, hums, whistles, clicks, drones, crackles, beeps, static, and white noise. Most tracks feature challenging noise, but some moments are gentle in comparison. Track 2 has violins. Track 10 was chosen for the 60×60 Concert Series which showcases works that are 60 seconds or less.

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