Here’s what you do.
Throw on Outdoor Museum of Fractals/ 555Hz by JAMES HOLDEN & CAMILO TIRADO/ LUKE ABBOT. Smoke some of that marijuana. Lay down on the couch and get lost in a dream. A pair of dreams actually. One with JAMES HOLDEN deeply channeling TERRY fuckin’ RILEY while accompanied by CAMILO TIRADO on tabla. The other with LUKE ABBOT taking a solo journey across a fractured minimal electronic landscape of drone & gong, in stunning fashion.
This is live electronics at its impossible best. The recordings are taken from practice sessions that took place prior to the trio’s performances at a pair of events called Hello Terry Riley held at London’s Barbican Centre and Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw last April. So both pieces are completely improvised. HOLDEN (perhaps the most exciting electronic musician anywhere right now) hews closer to a classic RILEY sound on “Outdoor Museum of Fractals”. He’s helped along by the tabla playing of TIRADO in creating a 46 minute head wash. LUKE ABBOT’s side goes further off the rails, proving itself to be the true stunner of this pair of absolute stunners. A very impressive drone-centric offering. Bass synth crackle @13:30 (and otherwise through out). Mmmm.
Great to check in with HOLDEN, and ABBOT. Mesmerizing sounds, and a true tribute to TERRY RILEY. Hassle really needs to bring both of these guys to Boston for live electronics sets. Out now on HOLDEN’s own BORDER COMMUNITY. Highly highly recommended.