The rich woven threads of sound blend so well it's hard
to tell what instrument is making which texture. The drums
provide locomotion, especially adding excitement to sections
of repeated minimal patterns.
Conway paints pictures with his theremin, and with the help
of mountains of delays and effects he moves from wild screams
to subtle chordal soundscapes which blend with his low Irish
whsilte and vocal effects to produce a rich deep layered
sound. He has worked with a strangely diverse set of musicians
including Talvin Singh, Peter Tork (Monkees), improviser
Derek Bailey, Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), composer Gavin
Bryars, violin masetro Dr L Subramanium, ECM saxman Martin
Speake, and Brazilain jazz diva Ithamara Koorax.
Simon Styring's guitar style comes out of Robert Fripp,
blending his sustainiac-loaded guitar with guitar synthesizer
and effects in intriguing ways. From sustained Frippatronics
to splintered Metheny-like free jazz guitar.
John Runcie is a superbly impressionistic jazz drummer in
the mould of ECM label regular Jon Christensen. He has worked
with Lee Konitz, John Surman and Barbara Thompson to name
a few. His restless creativity abounds, and his subtlety
is evident, interacting one minute, and driving the band
Together they create so many sound combinations as they veer from
space sounds to ambient electronica, free jazz to minimal
patterns. Out on the edge - not always tonal but with atonality
on the brink of breaking out. And vice versa…
Vidna Obmana, Eduard Artemiev, Robert Rich, Terry Riley,
Simon Stockhausen, Barbara Buchholz, Bernard Xolotl, Lydia
Kavina, Robert Fripp, Jon Christensen
concert recordings were taken from the groups performances
at the Improv Electronic 4 event at The Musician venue in
Leicester and at Oblong Studios.