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Once you get beyond any preoccupation with methodology, this music has passing resemblances to the work of both Morton Subotnick and Richard Teitelbaum. Indeed, what's particularly pertinent is the latter's duo music with Anthony Braxton, where Braxton's singularly human presence makes for more organic music than what's to be found here. In fact, this particular collection consists of nothing but feedback: the out plug becomes the in plug, and vice versa.
That said, "Pink Porous Rock" has a playful quality about it that could only stem from human input, whilst the human presence of Myers is discernable on "Terra Incognita," and to such a degree that it raises issues about the instrumental make-up of improvised music, particularly with reference to the likes of Evan Parker's solo soprano sax marathons.
Elsewhere, the likes of the snappily-titled "Mg 24.312" are a lot less obviously informed by human involvement in a way that's a kind of tribute to the diversity of settings and sounds that Myers can wring from his presumably deliberately restricted sources, a point underscored by "Lathe," where the atmosphere is permeated by the possible sounds of machines communicating with each other, so minimal is the human presence.
As such, the improvisation factor is crucial here, as it's the only overt link with jazz methodology – at the same time as the music is likely to have all but the most broad-minded leaving the room, despite the fact that the avant-garde, almost by dint of sheer longevity, has become an aspect of the tradition in itself. Viewed in this context, the music works in far more subtle and varied ways than five or six people playing simultaneously all the time and in a way that, for all of its human input, succeeds in saying next to nothing. Maybe we should start hailing the machines, just in case......
Track Listing: 1. Lathe
2. Engine Of Myth
3. Mg 24.312
4. Prayer Cloth
5. The Heavenly Discourse
7. Keen Tooth
8. Terra Incognita
9. Pink Porous Rock
10. Rare Power
11. Deaf Men Hear No Tales
Personnel: David Lee Myers, improvisations for feedback within and between time delay electronics.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...