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ENGLISH, LAWRENCE & STEPHEN VITIELLO - Acute Inbetweens

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Cronica 057
Release Year: 2011
Note: imaginary landscapes: stunning collaboration based on field recordings & electronics by these two well known "experimental ambience" composers
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"Since their initial meeting in Australia during 2006, Stephen Vitiello (USA) and Lawrence English (AU) have enjoyed a long distance collaboration orbiting around the joint passion for field recordings and modular synthesis.

Exploring the points of convergence and divergence between electricity and environment, the duet's Acute Inbetweens is a collection of works derived from hazy environmental memory, imagined landscape and field recorded actualities. It's a blurring mist of encountered spaces, recreated by means voltage controlled.

Like the spatial inspiration that guides the record, Acute Inbetweens pace is tempered and during certain pieces borders on a sense of timelessness. Pieces such as La Voix est absente unfold with a pacing of the lauded opening Lotus flowers at Sinobazu-no-ike pond, individual elements revealing themselves in subtle arcs of sound, swelling into a rich harmonic whole. By contrast Exposure in Relief is a more robust and pulsing work in which micro melodies spiral into one another.

Acute Inbetweens, sharp moments diffused in time." [label info]


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"Although not very often in these pages, Stephen Vitiello was here only two weeks ago, with his Moss release/collaboration for 12K. Another collaboration this time, not in a live concert or physical working together, but one generated through mail, with Lawrence English. They have a strong passion for anything that has to do with field recordings and modular synthesis, so their 'Acute Inbetweens' is announced as a work between 'electricity and environment'. And probably anything 'inbetween' too. This work, these five pieces, are not some pieces of electronic music, nor the work of cut out of reality field recordings, but somehow meet up in between. Not really 'just' field recordings, not even 'just processed field recordings', but occasionally the field recordings are alive - and god knows what they recorded - just as much and as occasionally the electronics come alive. Microsound obviously, let there be no mistake about that. Stretched out pieces, drone like, atmospheric, ambient -
any of those words apply to this release, and perhaps its a such that its also to be noted that this may not be the most innovative release in this scene, or something that would put this on a totally new level. Far from it. But that is not the point, I guess. The two gentlemen play gentle music. And they do so with great care and great style. They don't care about things being entirely new but rather explore the depths of what has their strongest interest and at doing so they set the highest quality standards for their music. And that's what makes this a strong album." [FdW/Vital Weekly]