This strangely synthesised collaboration comes from two artists of distinct disciplines with interests in the same existential and humanist philosophy -- Mucof, a master of electronic persuasions (primarily IDM and ambient) joins forces with trumpeter Erik Truffaz to investigate what "human being" means. Lo and behold, it's called Being Human Being.
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Your enjoyment of this record will depend on how much you love the trumpet. If you have any difficulties whatsoever with those gold parpy things then look away now. This is a collaboration between Mexican king of grainy ambience Murcof and Erik Truffaz, a trumpeteer who has been on Blue Note and worked with Talvin Singh. Two very different things.
The opening ‘Origin of the World’ is providing me with a problem. The background bed of haunting ambience is beautiful but here’s the rub….I just can’t stand the trumpet. Its waaaay too far up in the mix for me, I think i’d be happier if it was treated in reverb or something. Ok, ok that’s not worked let’s move on. On ‘Warhol’, Murcof provides massive slabs of bassy beats which pound away but two minutes in its that fucking trumpet again. The album continues in this vain with lots of elaborately played trumpet over haunting ambience. It’s like the theme tune from ‘Open All Hours’ playing over a Pole album, the two just don’t integrate to me...or maybe I just have to give it up as a bad job as I don’t like the trumpet.
One things for certain though, Murcof still knows his way around a beat...but that fucking trumpet- I wonder if they’ll re-issue it as a special edition with the trumpet taken off?
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