Exposé Online banner

The Silverman — Blank for Your Own Message
(Beta-lactam Ring mt208, 2008, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2009-07-01

Blank for Your Own Message Cover artThe secondary title for this release is “A Zen Opera in Seven Parts,” and I will set aside any questions about the appropriateness of the Buddhist reference. If you really want to call it an opera, it’s the only opera I know that has no words and no singers. It is in fact a set of audio collages of varying degrees of musicality. There are long passages of toneless sound that are equivalent to electronic ambient music of the most abstract sort. There are other passages where a kind of rhythmic energy develops – in fact the first track sets this up with a brief rhythmic motif before devolving into found sounds and indistinct loops, with subtle reappearances of variations on the opening motif. And while it is true that there are no melodies or the trappings of conventional composition, the experience is never grating. There are no outbursts of irritating noise, no shocks, just a wandering flow of sounds. And it doesn’t overstay its welcome, either, clocking in around the 40 minute mark. Rather than thinking about it too much, you need to close your eyes, open your ears, and let the sounds permeate your consciousness, bringing up abstract images, a DIY inner light show. And for that it is elegantly suited, if not for close musical analysis of the traditional sort.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): The Silverman (Phil Knight)

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...

Tarántula - Tarántula – Tarántula was part of the first wave of Spanish progressive bands from the 70s. This first album from 1976, heretofore a difficult find, has just been reissued on CD in Korea. A five-piece of...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues