Stephen Vitiello & Steve Roden: The Spaces Contained In Each (Room40, 2014)

February 1, 2015 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Stephen Vitiello & Steve Roden: The Spaces Contained In Each

Stephen Vitiello & Steve Roden: The Spaces Contained In Each

Today has been the first major snowfall of this winter here in Ann Arbor. I’m glad I put off reviewing this album until today, because it’s fitting music for a world covered in snow. The crackling and humming sounds at the beginning of this album, as well as the sounds of blowing wind, make this abundantly clear. Sparse synth textures drift in and out, as well as some softly tolling bells, but it’s the found sound recordings and loops that resonate most. I’m not sure what seasons these sounds were recorded in, but it certainly sounds like a winter recording to me. Even the water-like sounds feel like dripping icicles or a snowy river that isn’t quite frozen over. And there’s faint train sounds, which sound like they’re distantly traveling through a snowy forest. The album ends trudging away through a forest thick with snow, possibly with someone puttering away on a moto-scooter.

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