is a member of Ambient
Temple of Imagination,
a bay area ensemble that has explored the limits and possibilities
of the ritual of sound and the ambient (or chill) rooms.
Point: Lessons in Being Nothing,"
the initial Hypnos/Foundry
release, is a collaboration with Seofon
as the coordinator. The collaborators are Vidna
contributor) and Not
This CD is based on recycling
material from ATOI's
CD's. Vidna Obmana
and Asmus Tietchens
invented recycling, a recording process that goes deeper than simple
remixing. More often than not, the result bears little or no
resemblance to the original material.
Each participant played a key role
in the collaboration. Seofon
was the center point. He coordinated the project and
contributed new material and recycling. Vidna
the recycling process and contributed his special touch. Steve
Roach translated ATOI
live tracks into his own soundworlds. Robert
Rich added his
electro-organic harmonics. Stephen
his spontaneous didg discourse. Thermal
and Not Breathing
cast a new light on unexplored territories.
This is a special CD! I
listened to and reviewed this disc right after reviewing Steve's "Core."
I am blown away by the power within these musical passages. It
is the direct result of the integration of Steve's spirit, Dirk's
visions, Robert's foresight, Stephen's sensitivity and the unfamiliar
- yet essential - newness of light from Thermal
and Not Breathing.
But I digress and I do not want to
take away from Seofon's
monumental achievement. In accepting the contributions of
others, he realized that the totality would be greater than the sum
of the parts. Seofon
allowed them to carry him to the perpendicular universe. In
surrendering, Seofon achieved victory. By freely giving away
artistic control, he achieved the ultimate integrity. This CD
is a true holistic integration of the highest order!
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts