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Jerry Granelli and Jeff Reilly: Iron Sky

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Iron Sky opens with a pair of pearls of rolling metallic thunder, a sound that is resonant, funereal, foreboding, the deep reverberations of a giant steel bass drum created especially for this sonic project.

Jerry Granelli is the percussionist; Jeff Reilly plays the bass clarinet. The sound sculptures herein were created and recorded in John Little's blacksmith shop. Gongs, cymbals, an all metal string banjo: all of the instruments created—we'll guess by John Little the blacksmith himself—specifically for Love Slave Records latest, Iron Sky.

This is well off the mainstream. Not songs, but sound sculptures, forged and molded. Explorations of sound, in a metallic mode. Jerry Granelli's tintinnabulations, rattles and plunks; interspersed with Jeff Reilly's squeals and squawks, and the low and mellifluous tones of the bass clarinet.

A recording off the mainstream. For the open-eared folks, those with an interest in sound, pure and simple

Iron Sky is a facinating listen, a series of aural experiences that cleanse the auditory cortex, and ready it for further musical experiences.

Track Listing: Movements One through Ten.

Personnel: Jerry Granelli: electro accoustic percussion, sound sculptures; Jeff Reilly; clarinet, bass clarinet, sound sculptures

Title: Iron Sky | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Love Slave Records


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