Boomkat Product Review:
Tamper is another one of those Jim O'Rourke reissues that harks back to his days in the field of academic electroacoustics - and this is one of the earliest sets of recordings to resurface so far, dating back to an original edition on Extreme Records in 1991.
Those of you left slightly perplexed by the overwhelmingly dry, protracted drones O'Rourke experimented with during these years might just find this outing to be a breath of fresh air. Far away from the one-chord temporal suspension of Two Organs, Tamper finds O'Rourke combining with a number of collaborators, using violin, cello, clarinet, oboe, trombone and percussion to weave sophisticated tonal landscapes, wringing all manner of alien sonorities out of the instruments. It never gets too out of hand however, and the essential principals of drone are largely left in tact.
The final piece of the three on the album, 'Ascend Through Unspoken Shadow', is slightly different, taking a more chaotic, micropolyphonic approach, at times sounding like a huge sound mass in which the individual performers are lost in a nebulous whole. Great stuff from the reliably ingenious O'Rourke, and another great example of his more 'difficult' work. Now if he could just get around to following up on Insignificance...