Triptych by Boddy, Reuter & Mullaney
Limited to 1,000 copies.
Boddy, Reuter and Mullaney offer a seamless blend of improvisation and composition in this latest disc taken from their appearance at the E-Live 2000 Festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
As you'd expect when three musicians of this calibre get together to perform on stage for the first time, there are moments of delicacy, robust experimentation and tangles of knotted rhythms with critical breaks and sequences which are guaranteed to have fans of electronic music salivating.
Moving somewhere between the transient hinterlands of ambient and dance, Triptych blurs the edges in swathes of lambent sonics, as layer after layer of shifting timbre and harmony coalesce into a music which is expansive in its vision and yet knowingly intimate in its detail.
Fans of Ian Boddy's distinctive use of atmospherics and colour will not be disappointed by this release and here he combines forces with Markus Reuter's heartfelt searing touch guitar and Nigel Mullany's innovative use
of decks which has syntax and sound-pigments falling into forever.
1) Sienna Daze (14.38)
2) Mystertronic (18.10)
3) Triptych: First Image (8.20)
4) Triptych: Second Transmission (11.47)
5) Triptych: Final View (5.18)
6) Ionosphere (11.30)
Ian Boddy - modular systems, Roland JP8000 & D550, Akai S6000 & MPC2000XL
Markus Reuter - Warr touch guitar & loops
Nigel Mullaney - Nord lead, Korg MS2000 and decks
To hear the tracks from this album go to www.mp3.com/ianboddy.
Review in the June 2001 issue of The Wire in the Electronica section:
Sci-fi Ambient music, warped out of a heavy-duty barrage of Korgs, Rolands and an Akai, with Markus Reuter supplying bluesy energies on touch guitar. Recorded live at the E-Live 2000 festival in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, this is how powerful atmospheres were concieved pre-illbient. Emphatic pulses at rock music speeds, floating and gliding melodic loops and stratospheric backgrounds - it's certainly cinematic, but rather glossily portentous too, with moments of cod-eeriness that conjure up their own jets of dry ice. There's even a nod to the concept album with the three central tracks forming the Triptych. The glossy qualities of the music slip easily, later on, into a more expansive fusion sound - pounding heartbeats, popping basslines, and oozing atmospherics.
Review by Phil Derby in Sequences magazine:
More modern loops and beats from Ian Boddy's DiN label, this time with Markus Reuter on guitars and loops, and Nigel Mullaney's synthesizer arsenal to go with Ian's. From E-Live 2000, the set is a mixture of thumping beats and atmospheric textures and sound collages. Beginning with "Sienna Daze," the drums pound out a simple beat to move along the various sequencers and loops. The upbeat is mixed with the ambient and abstract in a way somewhat akin to the approach used by Steve Roach and Vir Unis on their collaborations, but this is a point of reference only. Consider them distant second cousins perhaps. The majority of the tracks are quite lengthy, anywhere from 11 to 18 minutes, allowing plenty of time for sonic exploration of each musical idea. "Mysterionic" seems satisfied to meander through slightly dark sounds and textures, but the thumping backbeat returns a few minutes in. This one becomes distinctly jazzy, with a quick-moving bass and a horn-like synth lead. The title track is divided into three parts, though it plays like a single 25-minute piece of music. It is minimal and abstract to start, with interesting voice samples echoing in the background. Eventually, it develops substance, in the form of crystalline soft synths, followed by industrial percussion. That is, it sounds like drums in the form of factory workers banging things in time. Cool, really. A beautiful vintage synth lead makes its way through the terrain, very Schulze like. Moving into the second part, "Triptych: Second Transmission," classic synths and sequencers in the Ian Boddy style kick the energy up several notches. Familiar, but not at all disappointing. The entire 25-minute piece is excellent, staying with an idea for just the right length of time before moving on to something else. "Inosphere" is a fantastically infectious number, with a great beat and cool sounds sure to have you up and moving around. Heavy beats and static combine with a light guitar lead in a way that you wouldn't expect to work. It eventually all falls away into a dreamy surreal conclusion.