Daniel Barbiero / Ken Moore / Dave Vosh — Transparent Points on Four Axes
(Pan y Rosas pyr260, 2018, DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2019-07-14
My previous encounters with Daniel Barbiero’s music have been his collaborations with Christiano Bocci, which are highly abstract soundscapes built up from many sources, usually involving Barbiero on a double-bass. His collaborators on this outing are two musicians I am unfamiliar with. Ken Moore has a recorded career going back to the early 80s, and he seems to have created music in a wide variety of styles, from Christian rock to experimental percussion and electronics. Dave Vosh is a modular synthesizer guy favoring kinds of electronic music that don’t involve sequencers, beats, and melodies. A couple of these tracks have titles which presumably commemorate their methods of creation: “For Tape and Emacs” and “Gongs and Flower Pots.” Others have been given names that are either descriptive (“Dark Bell Drone”) or metaphorical (“Cobalt on Maroon over Grey”). Anyway, this music tends to float along with relatively sparse sounds, sometimes (apparently) purely electronic, sometimes involving Barbiero’s bass or Moore’s percussion. Swooping oscillators, echoing blips, odd rhythmic sounds, and strange overtones mingle with sounds from the bass which are not always produced in conventional ways. The contrast between the purely electronic sounds and the undeniably physical sounds from the bass provides one of the key points of interest. A bow scraping across strings, almost producing a clean note, is a very different sound than an oscillator’s resonance filter being adjusted — the complexity of the bass’s wave form is on an entirely different level. The occasional percussive sounds, be they gongs or whatever, also provide elements of contrast. All in all, for abstract soundscape art, I find Transparent Points on Four Axes to be an intriguing listen, full of fascinating textures and juxtapositions.
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more