Boomkat Product Review:
Marsen Jules invites us to slip down a sublime chromatic vortex with his beautiful generative composition Shadows in Time.
Existing in a well established tradition of generative composition, most notably including works such as Steve Reich’s It’s Gonna Rain, Brian Eno’s Music for Airports, or Roland Kayn’s Cybernetic series, Jules is effectively attempting to remove himself as much as possible from the compositional process, bar vital gestures that frame and modulate the piece’s movements in terms of dimension, timbre and colour, as opposed to specific notation.
What comes out of the other end is a glistening, 50 minute mass of keening, bittersweet tone very much resembling an abstract painting that melts before your ears/eyes with a captivating synaesthetic quality which almost mimics the lushest digital-like integers of an acid trip, but without any of the hard work.
RIYL Tim Hecker, Maggi Payne, Brian Eno…