F5point6 - KaleidoSound: Space, Time & Frequencies Vol 2 - See Blue Audio Records | The Electro Review
KaleidoSound: Space, Time & Frequencies Vol 2
See Blue Audio Records
TBR: 25th September
R. Cleveland Aaron, AKA f5point6, slowed down and increased his musical resolution to extreme sensitivity. The first instalment of this series concentrated the forces on exploring the formation of the solar system. From the mists of the timeless void, in which conscious thought was alien to us, until the coming together of material and energy over time, the music described the scene. We now have a globe, a body of material to work with. Today we listen as the process of life formation begins. Isn't it amazing that the laws of science permit such a thing?
Atoms and bonds are impossible enough when considering the empty void with no time passing, where did all the laws come from that made it happen? Never-the-less, happen it did and those atoms did something incredible. Life was born, perhaps for the very first time. We know through organic amino acid symmetry that all life on Earth came from one left-handed amino group, meaning that life only successfully evolved once on the whole Earth. This album puts such magical processes to sound.
Theory of Change Pt. 2 begins with harmonising chimes that resonate through thick clouds of warmth. The stillness is tangible, the potential energy curls and tightens in a sudden influence. Louder sounds drape the hum, unitary sonic juts fill appropriate timings and bubbly realities. As time gradually passes, maturing and finding an acceleration it can rest with, the sounds fill the spaces like growing clouds in an empty sky. We know that aeons occur between the chapters of early Earth, and a 1.11 length intermission adequately marks this effect. Powerful sheets of vibrating sound bounce on shores that grow and shrink in time-lapsed spheres.
Blue-Green begins with watery shimmers that tinkle like aqueous bells. Rippling echoes resonate into mysterious pools of sound. The depths increase. As more sonic amplitude builds within the depressions an overflowing symbiosis occurs between them. A rhythmic tingle starts to rumble and pat through various angular entry-points. It is like being in a cave as moist atmosphere spindles along spinning time-frames. Sombre and resonant melody pushes through the riverbed, like sprouts of newly formed chemistry. Another intermission graces us with a woodwind like voice which glides through open space. An underground rumble froths through geysers of implied structure.
An ethereal bubbling manifests through slow and gradual rhythms, cast upon wet stone and shallow pools. Semi-organic melodies splash through broken sections and disperse various ingredients into nooks and crevices. Dance of the Molluscs takes us to a world where animal life has begun. Consciousness is in the process of realising itself, the components of the universe find a way to experience themselves and, like gods, travel and interact at will. Sudden pulses of powerful percussion rise from murky areas while bubbling movements dance in synchronised and instinctual choreographies. Intermission Three has a strange and anticipatory edge, it feels like it's building up to something. Are we now awake for the first time?
Strange and almost alien tones bounce through a euphoric harmonisation. Slow moving currents carry us across the sandy beds as forests of seaweed flutter like skyscrapers in the summer heat. A deep and gutty melody pounds with an indescribable energy as Trilobites swim in the warm and nourishing water. Are we scuttling or paddling? Perhaps a bit of both, but we have a mind that observes. It is this function of ourselves that seems to point toward the future. No feeling, no culture, but instinct-detached observation. A new intermission once again marks the passage of time. What happens next as we sway in the cradle of what is yet to be?
Now we reach the Porifera. It seems that for now we go back to sleep, maybe the world was too frightening and bright. Now as the unconscious sponge we absorb the material and history of our oceanic home. Learning what it means to be part of a system, a multi-cellular and new form of existence, perhaps it is community that matters now. Working together. Slow and meaningful drones flow from left to right then back again in repeating phrases. As the motion builds and progresses over several bars, the music only changes slightly as new forms of harmony grow from the old. The final intermission clicks and crackles under a glaring tropical sun. Radiances of energy penetrate the waters and encourage all manner of life to flourish in the tranquil crucible.
The same droplet percussion carries through into this next number. A tempo is guided through echoing corridors as footstep like waters plod through cavernous passages. Stella Marina draws us in and close. It's an enchanting relaxation through strange and slightly warped bars. New percussion sounds emerge and add their energy to the flux of motion. A stream of progress mechanically moves from section to section as a harmony begins to drone in the higher fragment of space. Pushes of air form in humble bubbles which climb, roll, and sometimes burst in the shifting pressures and densities. The Beginning Of The End continues in abstract ambience. By now we're in a dreamy haze that permits time to pass quickly as our minds focus on their own self-created observations. Do we now have the capacity to imagine? It seems that we do as the evolution of sound invokes a multi-tonal hum which feels electric with potential charge.
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