Telegraphy By The Sea
CD HMS 009
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 four members of the Sleeping
Moustache [ed. actually there were five contributors to the Sleeping
Moustache, which is the title of an album and not the name of a 'band.'].
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 Bryar's Sinking
of the Titanic. With only five hundred of this CD around, you
should do yourself a favor and sink into this blissful oblivion.