Featured Artist: Gordon Monahan
CD Title: Theremin In The Rain
Record Label: C3R
Musicians: Gordon Monahan (theremin, all instruments and processes)
is one of the more beguiling electronics-based projects I�ve heard in
years. Here, Gordon Monahan uses a theremin to control a MIDI
interface amid strategic placement of contact microphones and other
configurations. The artist outlines the digital equipment
schematic on the inside CD sleeve and states, �When the theremin is
played, analog signals are converted to midi signals that control the
playing of the mechanized sound sculptures.� Nonetheless, it�s a
complex plan, but exceedingly entertaining on various musical fronts.
computer-based processes, the artist stretches barriers via a
multilayered sequence of manipulations, where sinuous wave forms
produce haunting soundscapes and seemingly programmatic
rhythmic patterns. With the mimicking of chimes and jangling
bells coupled against liquefying backdrops, Monahan�s unwieldy
music-making is a study in contrasts and sound-twisting vistas.
At times, the innate theremin tones produce a siren effect amid freaky
world music percussion grooves.
Robotic themes often
dissipate into polytonal drones. And on �Aerial Drop,� a broad
lower-register sound-form proceeds as though it�s trying to devour
the pulsating, upper-register noise. Hearing is believing
folks! Yet, it would be even nicer to actually see how Monahan
pulled it off, which according to the liners, took place at the 2003
Open Ears festival in Canada. He intimates a supernatural
caricature during the preponderance of this mind-bending
Record Label Website: http://c3r.ca/titr.php
Artist's Website: http://www.gordonmonahan.com
Reviewed by: Glenn Astarita
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