mercredi 15 août 2012

IAN BODDY: After the Rain (2012)

"After the Rain is an immense monument of abstract EM where Ian Boddy pushes the limits of his Serge Modular system and his Ableton Live"

1 The Final Transmission 25:20
2 After The Rain 40:07

DiN: DDL013 (DDL 65:27) ***¼

Clouds of metal in fusion are freeing strands of steel which float and crisscross at the opening of "The Final Transmission". As rustles of magmatic spectres these strands switch shapes for fine galactic waves of which the guttural breaths go astray in an abyss where the white noises prevail on silence. Recorded live in Berlin’s Basic Electricity at the end of June 2012, “After the Rain” is an immense monument of abstract EM. It’s an experimental work where Ian Boddy pushes the limits of his Serge Modular system and his Ableton Live with a thick cloud of electronic tones which forge the elements of black silence or some shoves of rhythmic adrenalin. Like in the 2nd part of "The Final Transmission" where beeps and galactic sound elements shape electrostatic oscillations which roll as musical waves in an ocean of intra-galactic tones. It’s a world of fusion where the abstract produces impulses which roll in an oblivion of slow combustion before getting lost an immense space storm. What amazes and makes all the charm of “After the Rain” is the impact of these abstracted tones in a pair of earphone. Never the emptiness will have been so musical and this, even if the melodies are hiding in a world without harmonies. The title-track is a slow symphony of electronic sound elements which agglutinate in an immense arrhythmic mass. Delicate sounds which float and roam, getting closer one by one to quietly forge an implosive first storm between the 6th and the 10th minute. Ian Boddy makes a display of the sound possibilities of his Modular Serge on "After the Rain" by releasing a pallet of arpeggios which come and go, as cosmic jellyfishes, dancing, dreaming and waiting for the Sea of Tranquility to unchain its cooled ions. Ions which stammer an extraterrestrial language, a little as to establish a verbal contact, before that the excitement gets a hold of the cybernetic dialogue and that blow the abstracted winds from a storm to come. These winds of Orion are roaring with scrawls in breezes, amplifying even more the abstract wall which separates our ears of the imagination. And so is going this huge fair of tones and entangled movements which forge the cosmic storms and calm them with passages as much soft as the latent implosions, feeding an electronic shower of the most experimental that Ian Boddy brings to our ears with a bit of abstract poetry. A peaceful shower which bursts out with a finale deserving of better musical storms than the universe of the analogue modulates with stunning rhythmic precision. A universe where the imagination of the English synthesist is boiling as much as the agitation of the arpeggios which dance and tear each other to pieces in a finale that we wish a bit longer. This live event available in a download form comes with two short demos of both titles on “After the Rain” where the rhythms, the cosmic melody (After the Rain demo) and the cosmic ambiences are fairly divided the length, just to show us all the amplitude of the improvisations that Ian Boddy has embroider for this concert in the lands of the abstract and experimental EM.
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Sylvain Lupari (August 9th, 2012)

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