In August and September of 2014, onewayness & Modulator ESP played a 9-date tour of concerts and live radio appearances along the East Coast of the USA, leading up to the 2014 Electro-Music Festival. During this tour, the two artists predominantly played merged sets – one artist beginning solo, the second joining for a duo improvisation, followed by the first artist departing and the second concluding solo. This recording represents selected highlights of the duo segments of these performances.
Edited together from live recordings made on a recent collaborative tour, this album contains three long pieces featuring Onewayness (Adam Holquist) and Modulator ESP (Jez Creek). During the tour they played merged sets, one musician beginning, the other joining and then finishing the set alone.
Using Synths, loops, field recordings, guitars, samples and sequencer, the music is mainly ambient in texture, the spirit of Tangerine Dream, The Orb and Craig Padilla to be founds, the sounds beautifully crafted into music that is both light and dense, moving easily forward whilst retaining enough depth and creativity to hold the interest.
Opening with the 22 minute “Bridge_1”, the piece begins with drones and synths sounding very much like an early Krautrock album, the atmosphere more important than melody at this stage. As the piece moves on drones become chords and the music becomes softer and delicate, hints of melody becoming clearer until the room is filled with sweet music. Adding structure, pulsing sequences then join in pushing the music onward but quietly, the track ebbing and flowing like a receding tide at twilight, the array of sounds ensuring a rich and rewarding listen that is relaxing and beautifully controlled.
Edited together as one long suite, “Bridge_2” finally lets the sequences take control, the Tangerine Dream comparisons almost inevitable as the music takes us back to the early seventies in its style, although the sound is fresh and modern with drifting melodies gliding over the pulses fully immersing you in the moment, the sequences constantly changing and evolving.
Taking us back into more ambient territory, “Bridge_3” is another rich mixture of sound that swirls around the room like smoke, the perfect soundtrack to a lazy day in the sunshine, the track encouraging you to do very little except to lie back and listen until the album fades in a sweet haze of electronic happiness.
This is ambient music as it should be, far from that New Age sound, alive, controlled and played with love and passion as good music should be, listeners with an electronic bent are encouraged to participate. (Simon Lewis)