Exposé Online banner

Scott McMahan — Garden of Sand
((Not on label) no#, 1996, MC)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

Garden of Sand Cover art

After a couple times through in loop mode this collection of noisettes and electonic musical thoughts got to be pretty addicting. One sort of gets used to the low-budget sound quality and the Casios while the shimmering sound effects, sampled bells and gamelan type sounds, growling industrial drones and sampled percussives — not to mention the intentional drop-outs, splices, and garbled tape sounds, work on the subconscious level. In many ways it reminds this writer of some of the tapes by Rotcod Zzaj and friends (reviewed back in issue #6), taking more-or-less improvised and almost composed ideas, mixing the results with found sounds and samples, and running it all through a grunge filter. Yet the results here seem to cover a lot more ground. One can't be certain if a lot of the effects herein are intentional or simply the product of low budget recording processes. Either way, it's fairly engaging and works on a number of levels.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Scott McMahan

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

K2 - The Book of the Dead – Imagine Progrock Records’ Shawn Gordon’s surprise when he heard from K2 bassist Ken Jaquess that not only Allan Holdsworth but the late Shaun Guerin had agreed to play on his big time...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues