Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Ambience Is Where You Find It
((Not on label) no#, 1995, CD)

by Mike Ezzo, Published 1997-02-01

Ambience Is Where You Find It Cover art

Perhaps that is true, but I can't say I found it anywhere here; neither of the old variety nor the new. Four names appear on this compilation, none of which I know: Urban Ambience, Emile Tobenfield, Beyond the Pale, and The Orpheus Consortium. What I find missing here is any sense of musicality. While Tobenfield and BTP come across as anti-music deconstructionism, Urban Ambience seem merely sloppily produced. A few nice moments of synth noise are promising but they bear the burden of poor sounding percussion, and less than stellar recording quality. It's as if not enough care went into the production end of things. On "Nuclear Waltz" it's almost like the effect of having three records playing simultaneously: a free-jazz sax, an old Pink Floyd, and a Jethro Tull with Ian Anderson wailing away on flute. Tobenfield tries his hand at some jungle beat tunes, while BTP goes for broke on a lengthy suite that deconstructs every musical idiom known to man. Dada-style musical pranksterism at its apex. It's fun to do this sometimes, admittedly, but it's usually hell to have to listen to. This kind of project is tailored for a very particular audience; anyone else would probably, like me, wince in pain.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Various Artists

Latest news

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Muffins with Marshall Allen & Knoel Scott - Loveletter #2 "The Ra Sessions" – What does one get when The Muffins mix it up with two great sax players (Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott) from Sun Ra’s Arkestra? That’s right, not two – but four sax players, plus...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues