REVIEW: Torben Ulrich & Soren Kjærgaard’s “Suddenly, Sound: 21 songlines for piano, drainpipe, etc.”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Now this was an interesting listen.

Torben Ulrich and Soren Kjærgaard united to create a collection of sounds while in Seattle two summers ago. They brought a wide range of items that made sound, everything from Chinese steel balls and a jar of dice to a drainpipe and marbles, and went into the studio to make something. In this case, Suddenly, Sound 21 songlines for piano, drainpipe, etc. (ILK) consists of 21 pieces, I don’t know if you’d even call them proper songs but proper this isn’t. You’ll hear someone tapping something, leading to Ulrich speaking over it. The page is so slow that I felt like pulling my hair a few times. Arguably it goes nowhere, but there’s an objective in hearing 50 minutes of nowhere. I mean, there’s a steady pace throughout, but don’t listen to this for deep rhythms (although in truth there are a few sections that are worthy for sampling).

It’s poetry spoken over sounds, with each layer being revealed one by one at an eerie pace, that you can’t help but just wonder in amazement “what is this?” But allow each layer to make itself known and you’ll sense something, even if the objective mentioned in the last paragraph is not made clear.

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