Boomkat Product Review:
The Chronograph was the first album from Coelacanth, originally released in 2001. The Coelacanth name marks the collaborative project of Helen Scarsdale regulars Loren Chasse and Jim Haynes, and finds the two electroacoustic artists in typically commanding form for this first full-length outing. As anyone accustomed to either of this duo's solo work would expect, the album focuses on small, abstract field recordings and mysterious amplified textures, all housed within an evocatively grainy and rather lowercase production. Attentive, patient listening reveals some exquisite passages in here, with boundless detail laced into the album's musical fabric. "The Chronograph is the debut release from Coelacanth. The album opens with an lengthy passage of creakingly creepy submariner ambience as if the oxidization process itself had been amplified within the realm of the audible. Spiked electrical surges and controlled feedback oscillations build the intensity of the album, until Coelacanth unleashes their symphony of tiny whirring machines, gritty textual striations, and clattering pulsations. The Chronograph then descends into a blissful tone float of dense bell reverberations and oceanic washes of shortwave. Independent of each other, both Haynes and Chasse have qualified this album as 'phosphorescent'."