Boomkat Product Review:
Music For The Ears is the first in Western Vinyl's new proposed series of "small music" releases by sound artist Rolf Julius. These two lengthy pieces were recorded in 1979 and explore the relationship between simple tones, and occasionally, the quiet fluctuation of hiss that makes up the recording environment. 'Song From The Past' sounds like something that might have been conceived in the forest of the sleeve image, taking minimal drones and melodies from two separate pipe recordings and intertwining on bed of incidental tape/environmental noise. At times the pipes pause to let these background noises breathe and take centre-stage, but for the most part you'll find your attention fixed on the subtle interplay between the two primitive woodwind leads. Moving on to the next piece, 'Music On Two High Poles' features similar harmonic currents between pipes, although here there's more of a reedy character to the instrumental recordings and the drones are rather more assertive, at times panning out to the stereo extremes and providing a more confrontational style of drone that more volubly depicts the relationships between micro-intervals.