theremin, synthesizers, tin & low whistles, kalimba, voice,
synthesizer, electric guitar, effects
Ambiances. Featuring theremin & synth, guitar, drums trio, this
time with added guitar synth. This album focuses on Continuum's
more ambient creations.
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 the next.
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…
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 Bambu in Leicester.
The trio played quite a varied set but the ones that recorded
best were the more ambient pieces so that's what made it
here, with 2 short tracks to give examples of the wilder
tracks that occured in concert.
At the time it was Chris Conway's 40th CD release and as
such was made a free download - he has since re-released
back catalogue albums which places this chronologically
as number 56.