here´s a review written by Matt Howarth of Sonic Curiosity:STEPHEN PARSICK: Cambrium (Music for Protozoa) (CD on Parsick Music)
This CD from 2009 offers 68 minutes of dark ambient electronic music.
Parsick's goal with this music is to approximate a soundtrack for a primeval environment in which protozoa evolve into more complex lifeforms, exemplified by the manner in which the auralscape progresses from minimal to substantial. In this regard, the result is highly engaging.
Ethereal textures rise into play, already tinged with haunting timbre that evokes a prehistoric landscape. Auxiliary tones flitter through the mix, embellishing the auralscape into an environmental scope. The wind cascading through volcanic rock formations. Pools of slimy water shimmering under moonlight. A paranormal drone wafting on the breeze, conveying the presence of evolutionary impetus waiting to occur.
Blooping electronics lend agitation to the flow, introducing hints of rhythmic pittering to the sonic environs. Tonal winds creep through these tempos, generating a sense of movement, as if the rhythms are a palpable cloud traveling across the wasteland. Gradually, a melodic demeanor emerges from the harmonic climate, but its duration is fleeting, eventually swallowed by the electronic tempest until it surfaces again later on. This surge and recession plays a crucial role in the music's overall structure.
As much as an evolutionary process is approximated by this tuneage, the music also achieves a distinct semblance of spatial motion. The listener is carried along for the growth and change, not just as a witness but becoming a participant, although this participation occurs purely on a psychic level.
Shorn of all these scientific metaphors, the music is darkly ambient but with a seething understated intensity that threatens to burst forth at every second. Tones and waves mesh to establish a streaming tension that is enhanced by the blooping tempos. Moody passages escalate into pulsating pinnacles of sober delight.
The music on this release (performed live on May 29, 2009, during the annual "nacht der klange" at Bielefeld University in Germany) is a revised version of music found on the Cambrium download-only release from 2008. The differences are multifold, running the gamut from a different performance to the inclusion of an EMS VCS-3 mk.1 synthesizer (aka "the putney") for the 2009 concert. Interested parties can read the review of the previous release here.
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