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Aidan Baker — Book of Nods
(Beta-lactam Ring mt163, 2008, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-10-01

Book of Nods Cover artWhile there are four indexes on this latest disc by Aidan Baker of Nadja, there are really only two tracks here, each in excess of 25 minutes, none of which are titled. We are clearly in minimalist deep space here, with sounds borne of piano, processed piano, electronics, perhaps some processed guitars and flute, and some occasional odd percussive punctuation growing from nothingness, swelling and flowering in deep darkness, and then fading into obscurity while being replaced by similar repeating loops and cells of sound. Everything tends to blur together. Changes occur within the music as it evolves, but the pace of change is so slow that the listener might not notice while immersed within it. Some additional processing, which seems to engulf all the sounds and textures at times seems to phase shift everything, adding yet another dimension. It’s probably best for the listener to not try and “listen” to this too closely, but instead allow the sound to just occupy and evolve within the listening space as a background for other activities, relaxation, semi-consciousness or full-on slumber.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2008 releases

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