| Jim Haynes
Telegraphy by the Sea
by Grant Capes
Beautifully packaged and executed minimalist drone from this
established San Francisco artist, Telegraphy by the Sea
is the second solo album put out by this under-rated sound
destructor. Jim Haynes might be more known for his work as
one half of Coelacanth (with the inimitable Loren Chasse),
as well as one of five participants in the construction of
The Sleeping Moustache. Add to that a good deal of
writing for The Wire and a good deal of creating
visual works of art (some of which grace this simple yet elegant
package), and you would wonder why you haven't heard more
about Jim Haynes.
Well, one answer could be that his music has hypnotized you
into forgetting everything about him and his existence. The
monstrous hour long track's reverberating waves could easily
wash away all outside thought as you sink down into the ocean
of white noise and distant ringing. Using mangled field recordings,
ones that Haynes himself admits to demolishing to the point
of no return, he constructs what could only be described as
a sound recording of what the electromagnetic sphere above
the Earth must sound like. It is a frightening collection
of sweeping tones and metallic flutters, a singing bowl the
size of the Earth, being played with a rusty knife blade.
A four-year project, Telegraphy by the Sea is a monolithic
piece that thankfully takes several turns over its hour journey.
Haynes has constructed a work comparable to the best of Basinski
and even the most stunning of aquatic ambient albums Gavin
Bryars' Sinking of the Titanic. With only five hundred
of this CD around, you should do yourself a favor and sink
into this blissful oblivion.