(Room40)

All sounds contained in “Substation” derive from Clayton Thomas’ double bass and various objects, to which Robin Fox adds many measures of transformation via live processing (he’s an authority in the MAXMSP program). The improvised sketches get projected and disjointed in a multitude of ever-moving crystals of sound that create an abstract yet essential quilt of tangential refractions, transcendental obsessions and incessant dispotic tickles. The fractal-like irregular forms that Fox and Thomas are capable of drawing with their experimentations direct our attention towards their objective gravitational pull, as the listener spirals into an individual bliss of continuously looping contingencies and more-than-perceptible rotations. This music is neither strident nor confrontational – it just wants your ears to have some unconventional fun; but, in its most evocative segments, its approximations of nocturnal activity awaken a hidden desire of abandon of our alertness.

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