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FLEURY-STEINER, BEN - Ventus

Format: mCD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Taalem alm 135
Release Year: 2020
Note: the return of this Ambient composer (with big "A") from the U.S. who was once running the fine GEARS OF SAND label and had a release on taalem before (alm 48), inspired by the 'that which blows' notion.. "Maybe like wind, it moves, going round and round, sounds rising a bit above the mix, a bit below, moving about. Like long loops that repeat in various ways, but without much repetition, nothing is overlayed in the same way twice.." [Vital Weekly]
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latin word ventus comes from proto-indo-european *h₂weh₁-, and later proto-indo-european *h₂wh₁n̥ts ((as substantive) that which blows; the wind, air. blowing.).

https://taalem.bandcamp.com/album/ventus-alm-135


"Which ends with, I guess, a variation on that theme of powerful drone music by Ben Fleury-Steiner, someone whose music I hadn't heard in some time. About the title, he writes that the "Latin word ventus comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weh₁-, and later proto-Indo-European *h₂wh₁n̥ts ((as substantive) that which blows; the wind, air. blowing.)." On the cover he takes credit for "synthesizers, samples, mixing and mastering", so I assume no wind recordings have been used in this work. While this is also a dense work, it is not as heavy as the one I just heard by Josefson. Perhaps it is the slightly quieter in volume of this. It is a work that starts and ends, after twenty-one minutes, and in between just moves. Maybe like wind, it moves, going round and round, sounds rising a bit above the mix, a bit below, moving about. Like long loops that repeat in various ways, but without much repetition, nothing is overlayed in the same way twice. One could say that this makes the music a bit directionless, just moving about, like dark clouds, for this is some dark and atmospherically music. For all, I know this could be an out take of a much, much longer work." [FdW/Vital Weekly9