Boomkat Product Review:
With a CV as long as your arm, Tod Dockster did everything from writing and editing films at UPA Studios in the 1950's, leading the design contingent at Montreal's Expo '67 through to producing American TV films throughout the 1980's. The Aerial series, an electronic/drone masterpiece, is cherished among fans of the his work and this first volume is available in an audiophile quality double LP edition of 500 copies.
Opening with the drone of dissonant airwave prolix 'Song', Dockstader gradually allows elements to skim into sight and in doing so summons up a crepuscular atmosphere that'll have you glancing over your shoulder all night. This kind of malignant presence continues throughout and conjures the impression of stumbling on late night transmissions being broadcast for ears other than yours.
"15 years in the making, Tod Dockstader's Aerial series was sourced from his life long passion for shortwave radio. Dockstader collected over 90 hours of recordings, made at night, and comprised of cross signals and fragments plucked from the atmosphere. Opening with airwave drones, Dockstader gradually allows elements to slowly come and go, summoning an ominous atmosphere of ethereal cloud clouds. Malignant placidity continues, giving the feeling of eavesdropping upon late-night audio activity not unlike discovering number stations while sweeping the dials. These sounds pull you in as their density and rhythms come and go.
Backward voices, deep echoing choruses of conversations flowing under the surface, ocean sounds, pulsing electro-rhythms, all seem to be created via the collaging of many hours of source recordings. A masterwork of collage and juxtaposition by an overlooked pioneer of American electronic music."