Album Review

Von Hausswolff, CM – “800 000 Seconds In Harar” – [Touch]

cinder   4/28/2011   A Library, CD

Amazing release from this Swedish experimental composer. I liked this description from Discogs: In later works, Hausswolff has retained the aesthetic elegance and the drone and added a purely isolationistic sonoric condition to composing. This release is based around poet Arthur Rimbaud, and utilizes the combination of drones, tape and found sounds. The first track combines a steady plane-engine drone with chirping crickets, rushing air/water and what sounds like children at play in the background. Eerily summer evening sounds. In blends straight into track 2 which continues with just the solid drone hum. Close your eyes and relax into pure meditation. The third competes the beginning trio by drawing in a violin-style ambiance and raising the sounds to a higher float. Ends about 10 seconds early. The final track stands on its own. Almost like a test pattern for going off air. A lovely listening experience, almost feels like there’s something hidden inbetween.

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