Friday, March 30, 2012


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Track 1 - Jigjag
Track 2 - Floating Up
Track 3 - Glider
Track 4 - Howl Stomp
Track 5 - Steam Megawatt
Track 6 - Snap Sail
Track 7 - I.C Arabian
Track 8 - Pile Readout
Track 9 - Pond Dance
Track 10 - Holiday Meltdown
Track 11 - Seance
Track 12 - Old Dark Clock
Track 13 - Soprano Aloft
Track 14 - Powerdown
Track 15 - Signal Powerdown
Track 16 - Snap Prance
Track 17 - Night Wolves
Track 18 - Bottle Dervish
Track 19 - Frog March By
Track 20 - Sun Surges
Track 21 - Blackhole Dropout
Track 22 - Sundrift
Track 23 - Soft Aurora

Despite my love affair with library music this is actually my first experience listening to a Boosey & Hawkes record. It is also one of the rare examples of American library music that can be found at Funky Frolic. Although it containing 23 tracks this album has a shorter play time than yesterday's epic "Materials: Dynamic Meditations Vol.2" by Claude Larson. Most of the tracks clock in at under 2 minutes but that doesn't mean they aren't wholly satisfying. Whether you are a fan of beeps and blips, dreamy synthesizer melodies, musique concrete or ahead of its time techno there is a huge amount of enjoyment to be had.

"Howl Stomp" is just outrageously good and predates similar sounding music by 14 odd years, "Snap Sail" reminds me of some of the electronic work produced by the great Piero Umiliani and "Seance" actually comes off sounding more like a musical representation of solar wind ( you get more of the same with "Sun Surges"). Lay a heavy beat over "Old Dark Clock" and you'll have a Portishead track, "Pond Dance" is sublime and evokes the title perfectly...I could keep going because there's probably 20 tracks that all deserve a special mention. There really is something for everybody here and even if you only have a passing interest in electronic library music this is a must have release. 10 out of 10 Frolics!!

1 comment:

Holly said...

Not usually my style, but this is wonderful! Thank you.