Exposé Online banner

Beyond-O-Matic — Sonic Reclaimator
(Jamalot no#, 1996, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 1999-11-01

Sonic Reclaimator Cover artSonic Reclaimator is the second release of improvised space music from San Francisco’s Beyond-O-Matic. They use a wide variety of instruments, both electric and acoustic, some of them invented and made by the band members themselves, mostly steel strings attached to wood and amplified. All is drenched in reverb, echo, and space-hippie imagery, and given loopy titles like “Womb with a View” and “Improve the Silence?” My basic feeling about improvised music is that it is generally enjoyable to watch musicians produce it, but not always so good to just listen to the results without the visual element. To a certain extent, Beyond-O-Matic follows this pattern, but their music is so atmospheric that it can serve very well as background for other activities and not become obnoxious. Recommended mostly for fans of textural ambiance and space rock.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 18, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Beyond-O-Matic

Latest news

Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Unitopia - The Garden – It is quite ambitious for a group to issue a double CD of new material as their second release. Many groups are challenged to fill one disc with decent music, let alone two. In addition, much of the...  (2009) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues