On Some Road by Remco Helbers Edition Blue, 2002 http://www.editionblue.com Remco Helbers, from the Netherlands, uses an infinite-sustain string synthesizer, loops, and some Oriental bells to create a meditative album of drones. The music is inspired by the abstract paintings of British artist John Kimber, and images of the artworks are included in the full CD package. The music is as abstract as the art: there is no rhythm, just a gentle, floating mood, with little or no loud-soft changes. Each track hovers around a cluster of notes in a chord, and the basic harmony doesn’t change during the duration of that track, though some notes may fade in and out. Some of these harmonies are major and thus feel soothing; others are minor and sound plaintive. A couple of tracks explore a more dissonant collection of notes, which gives them an alien, spooky sound. But none of these pieces is harsh; Helbers maintains a steady, contemplative quality . On Some Road with its long sustained stretches and unbroken surface, is a good soundtrack for inner exploration, or for dreams touched with melancholy.
Hannah M.G. Shapero 12/19/02
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