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- Tuning Loops by Dollboy
8/10 Mike Staff review, 13 February 2014
Here's an LP of lovely relaxing loops for you. Here, Dollboy has recorded The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment tuning up, and then looped the sounds on aged, mismatched tape machines.
The track list - 'With Orchestra', 'With Trumpet', 'With Toy Piano', etc. - hints at the methodical way in which these pieces have been constructed, with each track focusing on a different instrument. They are all quite similar in certain respects, though. They'll start out with a solitary looped note, and build on it with orchestral loops and the instrument named in the title until a cushion of calming sound is washing over the listener, really calming and meditative, with a bit of hiss and crackle from the source medium.
The toy piano sounds like bells chiming sadly from a hilltop, beautifully augmented by the sleepy orchestral drones, especially effective when contrasted with the plaintive sounds of a real piano in the next number, which sounds incredibly luxurious and cinematic in comparison. I don't know what a "dark trumpet" is but it sounds a lot like a trumpet with some subtle dub effects on it.
The longest piece by far is closer 'With Flute', which is a stirring piece, with the subtle breathy woodwind almost blending completely into the tremulous tuning loops, it's like new age meditative music as interpreted by William Basinski.
The whole LP is lovely, though, it is methodical but it's also varied and meditative and often quite poignant.
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