Boomkat Product Review:
Only a week after we were inundated with classic, largely unacknowledged musique concrète works thanks to the EM label, here's another major find. Despite the often rather limited fidelity offered by Speare's equipment, you can hear an enormous amount of craft and detail in these works. The opener, 'At The Falls' takes up a monumental thirty-five minutes, assuming a variety of acousmatic identities over that duration and dividing itself into nine independent segments. It's hard to identify Speare's sound sources over the course of these recordings, and quite often everything dissolves into a foggy mass, rendered unintelligible by the amount of echo or detuning effects used, but when recognisable sonic elements do leap out from the mix you'll find yourself instantly displaced and transported. 'Love Object' for instance features eroded recordings of church bells and a wealth of curious instrumental interludes, all bathed in a deep, dark mist, only occasionally evaporating away fully. A great potted history of another unsung hero of pre-digital electronic music. Highly recommended.