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AmbiEntrance 9/2000 (e-zine)

eM: Import (Fällt - 2000)

Don't be deceived by the mere 15-minute length of eM's newest recording... with a small-yet-full cargo of computer generated sounds, import delivers condensed ambient/electronic essences in the form of 15 one-minute tracks. The sounds are part of an ongoing series of such recordings available in limited 100-copy minidiscs and download from Fällt...

Watery splooshing and mechanical thrum mark the port of origin which leads into the fuzzy, rhythmically rippling echoes of 1st movement which segues (bringing that piece's faraway clatter with it) into the ghostly streamers of 2nd movement. Following "movements" more-or-less seamlessly merge into each other and include brief visitations with various electronic entities... stop-and-start blares, murkily submerged distortions, flurrious e-squigglies, binaurally buzzing pulsations, wavering oscillations, faint droning expanses, delicate trickling electrons and much more...

The 9th movement reveals a fragile shimmering of musicality, fragmented loveliness which creates a craving for more. Microscopic rhythms and small-but-powerful energies course through 10th movement. port of call brings us back to oceanic waves and distant foghorn and bell sounds. epilogue closes on a mechanically ruffling pattern and a few faded, but loving grandmotherly words... echoing the artists personal loss during the making of these recordings.

Import (and 23 other contributions in the series) are soon to be downloadble from the Fällt website...

Brief though they may be, eM's contemplative abstractions are bathed in an inviting, dream-like warmth, even in their more-mystifying moments. Intriguing bite-sized tastes of what could easily have been lengthier pieces make for tantalizing samples which carry a surprisingly "full" flavor. My only complaint would be the hunger for further development of some of these 8.4 importations from Michael Bentley's world.

eM's home on the Web is of course at The Foundry. (review posted September 30, 2000 on AmbiEntrance by David J Opdyke)