Beyond-O-Matic — Sonic Reclaimator
(Jamalot no#, 1996, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 1999-11-01Sonic 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.
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