172

Furt: Omnium

John Eyles By

Sign in to view read count
Furt: Omnium Live in concert, laptopists (is that a word?) can be a rather boring spectacle; it is frequently so difficult to see or understand what they are doing that they might as well be playing pre-recorded music while spending the concert shopping online or checking their email.

Furt is definitely an exception to that generalisation; although it remains almost impossible to know exactly what these two players are doing, they throw themselves into their work in concert, presenting an animated and dramatic spectacle in which they make grand gestures and interact well, often seeming to bat sounds backwards and forwards to and from each other.

Of course, none of that matters when one is listening to this CD; there is no spectacle, only sound. Nonetheless, the energy that they demonstrate live does carry over to their recordings, and their speed of thought and reaction means that their music is constantly in motion, constantly changing as one reacts to the other's reaction to the first and so on, back and forth.

The range of sounds on display here is breathtaking, and the two musicians never seem to fall back on a stock repertoire. The end result can be rather too hyperactive; sometimes one longs for some respite from the ever-changing onslaught of sounds, a chance to catch one's breath, but prolonged drones or ambient sounds are not to be found here.

The music is undoubtedly thrilling, but also overwhelming. Maybe the best advice I can offer the listener is to enjoy this music in bite-size chunks, rather than trying to consume the album whole.


Track Listing: Ever; obliged; yet; us.

Personnel: Richard Barrett: live electronics; Paul Obermayer: live electronics.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Psi | Style: Electronica


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "All Things" CD/LP/Track Review All Things
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 26, 2016
Read "Jinja" CD/LP/Track Review Jinja
by James Nadal
Published: February 11, 2017
Read "Umbra" CD/LP/Track Review Umbra
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 31, 2016
Read "Wolf Valley" CD/LP/Track Review Wolf Valley
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 18, 2016
Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" CD/LP/Track Review Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 4, 2016
Read "Looking Back" CD/LP/Track Review Looking Back
by Jim Olin
Published: March 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!