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Death Ambient
Various Artists
Death Ambient
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Death Ambient
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tzadik
Original Release Date: 11/16/1995
Re-Release Date: 11/21/1995
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Ambient, Experimental Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 702397720720

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Dark and unusual - an unnerving adventure in modern sound
John Beam | Phillipsburg, NJ USA | 11/11/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Fred Frith, along with admirable support from his cohorts on this release, has produced a recording that manages to push forward the boundaries of modern music, just a bit, and along an unusual edge. The listener feels immersed in a small, almost hallucinogenic soundscape where subtleties abound and the direction that the music takes is completely unpredictable. Definately for fans of the unusual and adventurous."
Music for your darkest dreams.
Lord Chimp | Monkey World | 04/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is strange in that it is so dark and evil sounding, yet very beautiful all at once. Sonically, the album is slow, ever-changing atmospheric (not exactly ambient, necessarily) improvisations where it is difficult to discern which sounds come from which instruments. The range and diversity of sound is surprising, but then again this group is made up of some of the prime innovators on their respective instruments: it is all Fred Frith (guitar), Kato Hideki (bass), and Ikue Mori (drum machines). And of course they are all master improvisers. The reason it works so well is because the improvisations are so chastely intuitive and natural but these three collectively understand what kind of music they are endeavoring to create. It kind of evokes Naked City's _Absinthe_ but this is more twistedly playful and enchanting. But make no mistake, it's very dark and evil sounding (but you must realize that it is nonetheless beautiful and absorbing). The music ranges from very abstract (the layers of stifling feedback on "Flash") to downright pretty and mysterious (the avant-oriental sounding "Imperial Thorn"). Both this and Death Ambient's follow up, _Synaesthesia_, are definitely recommended. I wouldn't want to be without either one, but I guess if you held a gun to my head I would pick this one. In terms of performances, recording, and musical quality, this is a deserving five stars."
Improv Wonder!
Carl Johnson | Detroit, MI United States | 07/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have noticed that no reviewer gave this five stars. I disagree. This is very dark percussive music with the three supurb musicians, coming at the time wheree ambient and ambient dance music was peeking! This is not Dance music or even ambient. The peices are atonal and the structure is loose, but it is NOT a fantic mayhem of misguided noise. Death Ambient has two records and this is the better of the two. If you are familiar with Fred Frith's (Henry Cow, etc) work, particularly in the nineties, this was an experiment that is out-there-somewhere, but not gone arye. If you decide that you might want to buy this record, please understand what it is and is not. Excellent avaunt-gaurd, atonal spin!"