Recording almost exclusively for the Frankfurt-based Fax label, Welsh expatriate Charles Uzzell-Edwards makes environmental ambient heavy with found sound and field recordings, both solo and in combination with artists such as Pete Namlook, Tetsu Inoue, Atom Heart, and the Mammal. This is a prime example of how there are many forms of music, many approaches and many different uses. This is atmospheric ambient sound stuff. Not for everyone, but these are quality vibes that can relax you and induce a pleasant environment or dream state.
From what I can make out all tracks on this double album are otherwise unavailable except one by Ion. Brendan Pollard kicks this latest volume off with 'The Neon Chamber'. With Brendan sequences are never far away and a lovely skipping bass one propels the track forwards within the first few seconds. The most gorgeous of tron melodies floats over the top providing a little softness. We then get a pastiche of one mid seventies Tangerine Dream sound after another but also with some of his own inventiveness.
In his latest class, From Oz to Kansas 2.0, master photographer Vincent Versace takes the student through the various processes and conversion options using both Photoshop and several 3rd party plug-in options. The result is a thorough explanation that yields impressive control over a wide variety of subtle aspects of black and white images converted from color originals. You will learn several conversion techniques and methods for blending various conversions with one another to give you, the artist, a finished image that is the exact image you saw in your mind’s eye when you first considered your image. From tradition and theory to practical implementation, From Oz to Kansas 2.0 is exactly the kind of class that has helped Versace develop his loyal following.
This is a double album set containing (as far as I can work out) all previously unreleased material (except for probably the Entity track). We start with two of the best pieces of music. First up is 'Omnicron' from The Omega Syndicate's Xan Alexander. Lovely bright tones hang in the air gorgeously fading into the distance, as if reaching out. They are answered by an echoing sequence which just gets better and better as it develops. A fantastic slow melody rises from it like a gentle mist from a waterfall. The pace starts to quicken with the introduction of another superb sequence and rhythm. The lead line gains extra bite as we go. This is wonderfully composed stuff- no meandering waffle. I am very much reminded of a cross between Chris Franke's 'London Concert' and 'Pacific Coast Highway' albums. Yes - it's that good!
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