John Broaddus 4 at 18 4 at 18 is a great CD! John Broaddus released his first CD as Laocoon. This one is released under his own name. This set has four compositions, all over 18 minutes long (hence -- duh! -- the name). Each piece is deep and dark with smooth timbres and organic textures. The liner notes have little or no information so listeners must interpret the music for themselves. Deep listening is a wonderful adventure. The atmospheres are full of vivid imagery and sharp hues. The tone of the imagery is directly related to the listener's state of mind. The flexibility of the sound design allows this to be either dark or bright. It is, again, a great CD and an essential one! ~ -Jim Brenholts EER-MUSIC.com Editor's note: John sent me this CD as well and I must highly recommend it! Four sonic travels will take you into very mellow drone tone alone zones. I was reminded of Richard Tyler's fine works upon listening. John has done a wonderful job of creating a seamlessly relaxing dreamlands of four worlds. Thanks! Do more soon!!
Parnassus Nump Records, PNR400001-2, 1998 www.parnassusnump.com firstname.lastname@example.org Laocoon was a priest in ancient Greece mythology. He warned Apollo that the hollow horse presented by the Trojans was a trap and should not be accepted. Laocoon is also the pseudonym under which John Broaddus recorded Immersion. The CD is on Parnassus Nump Records, originally in San Francisco now in Redondo Beach. John named his company after a character in a Phillip K. Dick novel. This is some of the finest atmospheric minimalism available. John is on a par with the great minimalists and at a level above many of them. But it is not about competition, it is about expression. That might be a better term for this gentle ambience - expressionism. The atmospheres are deep and beguiling. The vast clouds of sound will mesmerize focused listeners. It is a gentle and thoughtful trance. There are no dark overtones. The somber passages are reverent and appropriate. This great CD borders on a religious experience. It is certainly spiritual, soulful and awe-inspiring. With all those positive qualities, it is also essential! - Jim Brenholts
EER-MUSIC.com Editor's note: This CD is in my frequent play stack and that says a great deal when I consider the hundreds upon hundreds I have to choose from! Highly recommended!
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