These works by Martina Lussi are named for various gemstones, lending a slight touch of the mystical to the sound compositions we hear. Selected Ambient isn’t ambient in a basic generic way (there is quite a lot going on in some of these pieces), but it does have a thoughtful power to it. LP release on Hallow Ground.
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Martina Lussi is a composer and sound sculptor who uses electroacoustic components in her performance and recording process. That all sounds a bit lofty and overly wordy: Lussi basically makes really nice ambient and here, on ‘Selected Ambient’, are 4 pieces of her body of work to date. I like how the spectral resonances Lussi makes all gel and coalesce to make what our brains can decode and process, and then call ‘music’.
It’s music for relaxing to, conducive to meditation or zoning out to as you sit in your favourite comfy chair… wait... until the pummelling kick drum bursts out of my headphones, halfway through the second track in, that is. Well. I did not see that coming. A 4/4 beat synchronising with all those guitary, strummy and scrapy sounds. However, apart from that little anomaly it’s all chill, baby.
Those track titles, then: ‘Sodalith’, the aforementioned ‘Achat’, ‘Citrin’ and ‘Opal’ -- I’ve heard of that one, even -- are all named after gemstones (‘rocks’, if you will). Makes sense, it’s a pearlescent little gem of a record. You see. I particularly enjoyed the way the manipulated frequencies on ‘Opal’ contort around each other in lustrous, prismatic ways. It’s good, this.
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