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APM - Sprint Mill

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Integrated Circuit Records ICR 68
Release Year: 2008
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.00

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"At the southern gateway of entering the Lake District in the Cumbria district stands the Sprint Mill, the studio and workspace of one Edward Acland. I have never been there, but Colin Potter, Phil Mouldycliff and Chris Atkins (APM in short) have been. They have been recording the mill and the area surrounding it. Water running, rusty objects, stones and such like is what makes up the fifteen tracks on this CD. Rather than a drone like piece one would expect from these masters of the genre, they opt now for a more picture like scenery. Rusty metal objects, crackle of stones. Then a piece based on more water like sounds and in between small spoken bits. The electronic processing is surely present in these recordings but they are rather there to perhaps sweeten a bit of the sound and do not take the sound over - it stays a photographic reproduction of the field and not the starting point for something entirely different. Like I said, I never visited this area, but one can sense the quietness of the area, even when this work never drops below a low hearing point. Atmospheric music once again, but the great power of the work lies in the fact that it moves away from the traditional drone and ambient music, but also on the other hand it's not the usual set of field recordings either. That makes this, I think, not just a remarkable but also a beautiful CD." [FdW / Vital Weekly]