Boomkat Product Review:
Important Records goes all-out to inform, educate and entertain on this new release, unveiling the usually prohibitively obscure world of 'just intonation' with extensive explanatory liner notes and demonstrative compositions from a number of important experimental artists. The list of contributors spans three generations and includes Pauline Oliveros, Greg Davis, R Keenan Lawler and Ellen Fullman and the instruments used take in violin, cello, piano, guitar, saxophone, koto, ukelin, accordion, and of course, electronics. If all this sounds a bit dry or a bit heavy-going, well, it kind of is, but on the upside the selections are excellent and each artist contributes explanatory and contextual information - there's even the occasional diagram to help out. of the highlights, Michael Harrison's justly tuned piano piece 'Tone Cloud II' is a thing of alien beauty, while Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong offer similarly otherworldly string drones. Elsewhere Greg Davis channels the same sort of sounds and processes as heard on his wonderful Primes album, and Pauline Oliveros just about steals the show with her startlingly easy-on-the-ear 'The Beauty Of Sorrow'.