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Electronic Dream Factory "Noise Control"
Music designed for late night reverie and mid day abstractions.
On "Noise Control", Rob Stuart of Electronic Dream Factory has crafted an engaging and appealing collection of songs that cover a wide range of styles. While many artists would get lost in such an expansive range of sounds, Stuart does an excellent job of blending forms resulting in a flow that works very well together, a strong album that showcases the varied talents of an accomplished artist.
"Radiothermal Generator" opens the disc with sparse notes played on a heavily reverbed and effected piano, creating a beautiful stillness reminiscent of Bruno Sanfilippo's Piano Textures release. Minimal electronics play in the background adding character to the piece, slowly building up in intensity resulting in a rich and full soundscape.
"Microcosmic Raindrop" follows with a rising drone played against a steadily rotating metallic tone. A variety of found sounds play in the background, gaining in volume and prominence within the track leading the listener to a disorienting and jarring space. Gradually order develops from the chaos, ultimately leading to a moody drift where pads sweep through the track, intertwining and mingling with each other. It's an impressive journey sonically and it works very effectively.
The surprisingly jaunty third track "Death" has an upbeat melodicism to it, even a certain playfulness suggesting a dark humor. Synth patterns burble along pleasantly and minimal piano melodies add to the charm. Really nicely done. Eventually the track takes on a more somber tone, a little more quiet and perhaps melancholy, something more in keeping with the title, but the track remains just as appealing for the shift.
"Fourier Transform" has a level of drama to it, a particular theatricality that I really enjoy. Listening to the track I see vast fields of rocket silos underneath sunny skies inviting a launch into the stars, the sort of languid summery imagery you'd find in a Bradbury novel. A voice repeating the words "Beauty" and "Believe" give strength to the imagery I've imagined, and I find myself reaching for that copy of The Martian Chronicles on the bookshelf, it's been a while since I've read that one...
"Vector Field" begins with steady deep tones that appeal, rich and elegant, slowly drifting across the soundscape. Other tones and textures fill out the soundspace nicely, warm atmospheres and spaces. Very good stuff.
The first movement of "Precendence Effect" seems a little jarring as a follow up, bringing the listener out of the previous track's comfort zone. It's an eclectic response to the calmness of the last song, but effective just the same. Eventually as time passes a second movement is much more relaxed, much more calm, something soothing that I'm quite enjoying. Very nice and rather epic.
"RF Gravity Generator" has a melancholy feel to it, with distant watery synth sounds giving way to a vaguely unsettling pulsing tone that dances through the soundfield to create a rather hypnotizing and mesmerizing musical experience. A nice example of mood and space.
"Simple Harmonic Motion" continues the a somber feeling with tones that portray a definite feeling of loss. It's a very emotive piece of music, using an acoustic guitar paired with some interesting synth stabs and sweeps along with some very nice vocal stylings. Cool stuff.
"Particle Accelerator" blends into the last track seamlessly, a simple melodic line paired with some sweet pad tones to create an upbeat track that brings a little hope to the proceedings.
"The Influence of a Single Echo" stays in an upbeat vein with percolating synths played over a dramatic sweeping synth. A looping vocal sample adds an otherworldly quality to the track while maintaining an organic element.
"SU (3)" brings a relaxed tone to the proceedings with an appealing ethereal quality. Repeated sequence bits and rising and falling tones drift through the soundfield while a playful melody plays overtop it all. A beautiful track that I can't help but enjoy.
"Phase Difference" loops and swirls through space and does everything really well in my mind. It twinkles like stars and I'm quite sure that I hear planets being born if I listen closely. Beautiful stuff, and surely my favorite track on the release.
"Absolute Threshold of Hearing" brings us back to earth from the last track's cosmic wanderings. There's still a space-y quality at hand, but it's more earthbound, more like the listener is gazing up at the sky and seeing the wonder of the cosmos. Very nice...
"Sunlight Guitar" uses processed guitar to close out the disc, long languid notes that drift through the track. Waves play along the edges of the soundscape, the sound of the tides ebbing and flowing. As the track continues it takes on a sweet percussive element that I quite like paired with some nice pad work. Nice stuff to close out the disc.
"Noise Control" appeals on a lot of levels, and provides an excellent example of Stuart's diverse talents. Certainly an excellent introduction to a strong talent, Electronic Dream Factory is a project that I look forward to hearing more from in the future.
rik - ping things
last updated 08/08/10