Frith, Fred/Derome, Jean / All Is Bright, but It Is not D
Album: All Is Bright, but It Is not D   Collection:General
Artist:Frith, Fred/Derome, Jean   Added:Jul 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-09-29 Pull Date: 2003-12-01 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Oct 26 Oct 12 Oct 5
Airplays: 2 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 01, 2018: Bloop & Quack
Heads Up
4. Oct 22, 2003: Wednesday Morning Radio Program
Landscape with Fire
2. Jul 07, 2007: Cognitive Overload
Where Your Children Are
5. Oct 21, 2003: The Digital/Analog War
Canadian Psycho
3. Jul 18, 2005: Stirling's Approximation
Cutting to the Chase
6. Oct 08, 2003: Brownian Motion
Landscape with Fire

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-09-22
Eight improvisations played by the first three musicians, engineered and live mixed by the fourth. As you would expect from these musicians and this label, this is deeply abnormal stuff with live resampling, unusual instruments, evil cackling laughter, and general disorientation through sound manipulation. An aural funhouse. Good stuff.

1. Tinny, megaphone-d laughter gives way to guitar tone bending, burbly noises, and a lot of amp hiss
2. Chattery guitar, a few whistles, and then a frantic percussion mess
3. Shimmery guitar strums with squeaky noises; after a bit of a cool-down period in the middle, percussion takes over, at first flailingly, then powerfully
4. Sharp and harsh James Blood Ulmer-like guitar tribute to Ornette; Boisen messes with your head by going soft-loud and left-right
5. Irish jig over grumbling guitar strokes; later a sort of jazzy but trebly arpeggio guitar bit is counterposed against echo-y, far-away pipes; to round out the oddity, a jaw harp jumps in at the last moment
6. Power-noise – feedback, extended noise generation techniques – alternates with quiet guitar contemplation and insect-chirping sounds; maybe evocative of a logging operation in an otherwise quiet forest
7. Swirling mass of sound with relatively less structure and relatively more instruments and “objects” employed – guitars, horns, percussion, Casio, ocarina
8. Seethingly rapid-fire and tense, with repetitive guitar, brushed drums, and game calls

Track Listing
1. Heads Up   5. Where Your Children Are
2. Pachinko   6. Canadian Psycho
3. Landscape with Fire   7. Cutting to the Chase
4. Ornettology   8. Elegie Electrique