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Kreiselwelle
CD HMS 016


The Sound Projector
January 2011

The Californian composer has been baffling and perplexing the ears of international listeners for not a few years now, and his new Kreiselwelle, a single 45-minute work of strange process music, is a slow voyage into the unknown. Within minutes, we're taken far beyond the relatively familiar world of 'dark ambient' and enter a murky field of immersive and twisted shapes, where possible danger lurks at every corner. Conceptually rooted in an interpretation of the works of Wilhelm Reich, Kreiselwelle is the third part of a trilogy whose other episodes have so far eluded me, and in order to connect with the 'spiral waves' of the title, it derives all of its sounds from things shaped like spirals, a list of sound sources which includes metal springs, the circular movement of the ocean, a spinning lampshade, and currents of air. It helps, I find, if you can sustain a mental image of spinning tops while listening, and you may start to perceive the interesting overlapping entropic states of Waldron's sources as the spinning actions start to wind down. In like manner, M.S. Waldron's compositions will probably suck you into a whirlpool of doubt and ambiguity. -- Ed Pinsent