February-01-2004 [ review ] - koen holtkamp
"object set and motion"
Four entities brought together under one title to explore the sculptural aspects of air moving through space. Sound, not just as a physical phenomenon, but as an intrinsically musical environment. Sebastien Roux (Paris) contributes two beautifully understated pieces of digitally processed guitar that brittle and burst with a fascinating spectrum of intricate details. Naoyuki Arashi aka Asuna (Tokyo) extends his harmonium through various computer processing in his intensely thick and amazingly hypnotic drone piece 'plural rooms'. The duo of Rossano Polidoro and Emiliano Romanelli, Tu-m' (Pescara) continue their adventures in plundered melodic fragmentation with two tracks of stuttering simplicity that are among their catchiest works. Unlike anything, yet instantly familiar Arden Hill aka Duul_Drv (Winnipeg) creates quiet environments where field recordings co-exist with electronics in such a natural way that one wonders if he has done anything at all. Object set, and motion.
Koen Holtkamp (http://www.staartje.com/)