There are a dozen or so artists who I can recommend their new work without listening to it. Christropher McFall is one of these. But never fear, I have listened to McFall’s The alpha is strong and amplifying beta on the always interesting netlabel Impulsive Habitat. McFall writes in the liner notes that the pieces that make of The alpha is strong and amplifying beta “were composed primarily from field recordings rendered into digital formats and then subsequently transferred to hydrolyzed tape fragments. The tape fragments were then reassembled into loops and overlayed to form a series of looped multi-track alignments.”
Yeah, I don’t know what hydrolyzed tape fragments are and I don’t know what goes into the making of a Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying either one. The tracks from The alpha is strong and amplifying beta are manipulated field recordings layered depth upon depth; sounds nestled among their unnatural kin to provide an architecture of phonography that we finally hear as music. But as I said in the beginning of this review, me recommending a work by McFall is not really that important, the past work of the artist is recommendation enough. This review is really just a gentle reminder to you to download this McFall’s The alpha is strong and amplifying beta if you haven’t done so already.
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