A murmuration is the term used for a flock of starlings, and if you’ve ever seen one whirling in the air then you will see how such a thing could act as inspiration for beautiful music. Piano composer sonicbrat has written and performed a suite for imaginatively-miked piano that imagines the journey of a starling through life and the air. CD release on Kitchen, packaged in a die-cut case.
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- KI-018 / CD on Kitchen. Label, housed in a customized die-cut case. Includes one bonus download track
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- MURMURATIONS by sonicbrat
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 24 January 2017
Trigger warning: prepare to be astonishingly soothed and relaxed. That’s the general office consensus, by the way; this CD has been noted by none other than the voice of our Kim to have had a beneficial and becalming effect on us all. That, plus the boss is out today. Also, thanks to Clint who kindly let me get my fingerless-gloved mitts [it’s a very cold day out, which means it’s chilly in this chair] on it to review after I asked so nicely. This is going to c-h-i-l-l.
Sonicbrat is the musical handle of Singapore’s Darren Ng, award-winning sound designer and composer. Apart from being tasteful and beautifully packaged -- there’s a flock of migratory birds pictured flying high over a distant ocean, within a die-cut window in the sleeve -- the music comprises a suite of nine tracks, or ‘Murmurations’; numbered I through IX. Gracefully played piano takes turns to hover or a swoop. The effect is by turns immediately Frahm-like, accompanied by sparse strings on track IV, or distant and reminiscent of the meditative work of Harold Budd on track V. Sounds shimmer, notes chiming from some far-away cave or pool in a world subsumed in fog, shapes forming and clarifying upon close inspection. It’s all too lush so I’d better go before I melt onto the floor. Thanks for listening.
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