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Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
Jon Hassell, Brian Eno
Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
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The term "Fourth World" has often been used to describe various ethno-electronic compositions. Joining trumpeter Jon Hassell in different combinations on Possible Musics are coproducer and synthesist Brian Eno and percussi...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jon Hassell, Brian Eno
Title: Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
Members Wishing: 11
Total Copies: 0
Label: Editions Eg Records
Release Date: 8/31/1990
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: Ambient, Electronica, Techno, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 017046153720

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The term "Fourth World" has often been used to describe various ethno-electronic compositions. Joining trumpeter Jon Hassell in different combinations on Possible Musics are coproducer and synthesist Brian Eno and percussionists Nana Vasconcelos and Ayibe Dieng, among others. Hassell has found a unique way to summon a lush, otherworldly sound from his trumpet, applying the Indian vocal techniques he learned from Pandit Pran Nath to the way he plays his instrument. On Possible Musics, he mixes his ethereal brass sounds with hand percussion, bass, analog synths, Eno's trademark studio treatments, and the occasional looped trumpet or keyboard riff. The hypnotic fusion of Indian and African aesthetics creates a dreamy brand of otherworldly world music that, despite the electronic influences swirling around it, maintains a strongly organic feel. This classic recording predated all of the ethnoambient music that proliferated throughout the last decade, but unlike many of those efforts, it still retains a strong sense of identity. --Bryan Reesman

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Beautiful, Chilling, Subliminal Psychedelia
Solo Goodspeed | Granada Hills, CA United States | 04/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Over a background of sonic loops by Eno and gently pulsating percussives, the wailing, harmonized flugelhorn of Jon Hassel brings to mind some kind of animal transforming into a human. The effect produced by this semi-ambient collection of instrumentals may seem strange and alien to western ears at first, but upon repeated listenings becomes sensually soothing, and works both in a capacity of background or meditation music to get lost in. Hassel's unique style emphasizes both the importance of notes and breath sounds, and truly gives his instrument a life of its own.Fourth World Vol 1 (where are the others???) treads a line between jazz, ambent and eastern devotional music, finding its own niche in the course of listening. Of special note is the final track, "Charm (over Burundi Cloud)", clocking in at 21:29 and could have been longer if not for the limitations of vinyl production at the time of the original's release. One wonders if the original sessions of Possible Musics could be made available ...... my only criticism of this package being that it seems like more of a sampler, a teasing taste, of all that it could be.* solo *"
Two masters in a perfect collaboration
thebigear | Seattle, Wa. USA | 01/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't think I've listened any one album more than I have Possible Musics. I couldn't live without it. It's dreamy, earthy, soothing, evocative, shamanistic and very organic. It's power is extra-musical. You can listen to it deeply with headphones, or just catch a hint of it from another room and it's somehow just as rewarding. It really perfumes the air like no other music I've heard before, which to me, kind of makes it THE ultimate ambient album. Jon Hassel brings his stunningly gorgeous trumpet playing and his notions of Fourth-World, a kind of ethereal pan-exoticism that encompases everything from raga to "Caravan," together with Eno's meterological synth textures for a perfect collaboration. The two masters mind-meld to form suggestive sonic landscapes that turn your imagination all the way on. 100% non-superficial music that strokes the very soul."
Levantine modernism
DAC Crowell | 04/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This thing is just brilliant, really. It should be noted that this release dates from around the same period as Eno's collaboration with David Byrne, "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts", and it shares a lot of the Africanisms and Arabicisms found on that release, but pulls in a much stronger amount of Eno's ambient sensibilities in the process of execution. The result is a hard-to-describe album, sounding much like a soundtrack for some film montage of out-of-focus African filmshots that jump back and forth from Zaire to Morocco to Mali to Tanzania with a Stan Brakhage-like illogic. The masterpiece here is "Charm (over 'Burundi Cloud')", which ranks with Eno's second collaboration with Robert Fripp, "Evening Star", in terms of its beauty and power, yet simplicity. Important both as ambient and as 'world music', as this does a better job of evoking some other locales than so much of that hackneyed 'world' product that's out these days."