David Bagsby — Ephemeron
(EST015, 1993, MC)
by Henry Schneider, Published 1993-12-31Hot on the heels of Bizaria is another new Bagsby solo tape, Ephemeron. Mr. Bagsby is amazing in the musical breadth of his talent. Each tape is a unique experience from the mathematical experimentation of Hydrophony through the electronic amalgam of Bizaria to the intelligent avant garde compositions of Ephemeron. This electronic chameleon now presents an outstanding tape of Peter Frohmader and Art Zoyd influenced music: "More Nightmares of Science" (7:30), "Ephemeron 3" (6:12), "Ephemeron 4" (4:30), and "Automata" (8:50). "More Nightmares of Science" is a well crafted subterranean bit of electronic chamber music that can go up against the best of Peter Frohmader. The sinister "Ephemeron 3" with its sampled voices, strings, and bass could well have been used as the soundtrack to Psycho. "Ephemeron 4" is more of the same but not as dark. The final piece is "Automata." Pulsating electronics, rapid toy piano runs, and a gut wrenching bass contribute to the frightening experience of witnessing a robot gone berserk. Lamentably all too soon the tape is over. Is there no aspect of electronic or progressive music that stumps Bagsby? I don’t think so. Give his music a try. David has something for everyone.
Related artist(s): David Bagsby / Xen
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