Super-veteran music-author and sound-worker David Toop teamed up with former David Lynch collaborator Ken Ikeda for an improvised collaborative performance last year, and the recording is now receiving release on Home Normal. Skin Tone is a careful weaving together of objects, steel guitar, synth and flutes: a composed-in-the-moment suite from two total pros. Edition of 500 CD copies.
7/10 Jamie Staff review, 05 April 2017
What happens when two ambient guys -- one who is a musician, artist and sometime collaborator with David Lynch, and one who is a ‘sound curator’ and writerly academic from Enfield -- get together? Well they make improvised noises together to potentially scare children and unsettle even the most attentive and receptive of adults.
Skin Tones is the recorded document resulting from Ikeda and Toop’s live performance from London, last year. Together they weaved improvised sounds together from objects as diverse in range as (intake of breath): steel guitar, synth, flutes, laptop, paper and, um, ‘objects’ -- to make up one amorphous chunk just under a half-hour in length. The piece seems to shift focus constantly and frequencies hum, buzz, throb, bloop, whistle, whine and wash in your eardrums.
To sum up, it has all the things you could hope for or expect of sound art. It’s not unchallenging. The CD has lush cover art and comes in a limited edition, 4-panel recycled card package. Which is nice.
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