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

by Mike Ezzo, Published 1997-02-01

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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

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