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CD HMS 016

Issue 21, July / August 2009
by Daniel Spicer

Following on from Ozeanische Gefühle and Cosmic Superimposition, this is the final instalment in Californian sound-artist Matt Waldron's trilogy of albums inspired by the life and work of maverick psychologist and theoreticia Wilhelm Reich -- best known for postulating the existence of the universal cosmic energy, orgone. In many ways, this continuous, 45-minute piece feels like a journey deep inside Reich's brain: a linear, foward-moving collage of highly tactile, almost bodily sounds that slide seamlessly in and out of focus, rarely repeating themselves or lingering for more than a few minutes at a time. Amazingly, it's all constructed from field recordings accumulated over a couple of years, all generated by spiral-shaped sources such as springs, a spinning lampshade, and waves churning over pebbles on a beach. It would be nice to think that listening to this might boost one's orgone level, but at the very least it's a highly diverting piece of ambient tape-noise.