ethan rose Oaks (CD, £12.95)label: Baskaru
Imagine, if you will, an old Wurlitzer organ that once accompanied silent films in Portland, before being moved to the Oaks Park Roller Rink, where it has been ever since. Imagine the artist Ethan Rose from Portland, Oregon, helping out repairing that antique, before starting to explore its tones, textures and colours from another era. The result is "Oaks", Ethan's third full-length CD (after "Ceiling Songs" and "Spinning Pieces"). And once again, Ethan has succeeded in dragging a forgotten bit of our collective sonic past out of the shadows and reinterpreted it in a modern ambient electronica context. There is an elegant and crystalline quality to the eight pieces that make up this album. The music on "Oaks" evokes the meticulous sonic explorations of acousmatic composers like Francis Dhomont and Jonty Harrison, crossed with the dreamy and hazy soundworld of ambient experimentalists like Fennesz and Oren Ambarchi. Ethan Rose's work reflects his interest in old technologies, new sounds and the restless exploration of musical form. Over the course of ten years he has released recordings, scored films, performed internationally, created sound installations and worked with a variety of collaborators. His music is also featured in Gus Van Sant's film "Paranoid Park". His sound environments merge the old with the new.
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