TOD DOCKSTADER
Aerial # 2

[Sub Rosa, www.subrosa.net]


It would almost be a crime to mention "Aerial # 2" without making mention of its predecessor, so I guess you'll have to call me a criminal. Tod Dockstader who has been an active member / composer in the radio / tape / experimental music realm for more than three decades has re-awakened all sorts of interests recently. He came back from an extended hibernation recently. The thaw started last year with a duo of releases with David Lee Myers ["Pond" and "Bijou"]. The penultimate vehicle for Tod now is a three CD "Aerial" project, which sees him playing the radio. Playing the what? Playing the radio. You may remember others have done this. Most recently, William Basinski has been very adept at this technique, where radio waves become the sound object. Dockstader is new to the computer as a music-making tool. In fact, it wasn't until 2001 that he actually bought one, learned an editing program and began to make music. Out of 580 mixes, only 90 made the final cut, thus creating the "Aerial" project. Part two of this project sees a continuous flow of mixes [this being an idea suggested to Tod by David Myers]. No breaks in between the "cuts" means the listener is absorbed with the overall piece as a whole. Eighty minutes later, you're not sure what it is you just heard but you know it's something on a grand scale. Was it audio art or radio-flickering? Who cares. Personally, this music speaks volumes. It has this cinematic quality that is not easy to achieve. It speaks of distant lands without saying a word. It caresses and scares. It soothes and it assaults. It's loving and it's disturbing. This is precisely what great music should do. Mission accomplished.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Camping 2
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+ Ragis - Baltijos Karas
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+ OREN AMBARCHI & ROBBIE AVENAIM - Clockwork - Live Recording 21.4.99
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+ 31 KNOTS - Talk Like Blood / HEADLIGHTS - The Enemies
+ AVAILABLE JELLY - Bilbao Song
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+ HALF-HANDED CLOUD - Halos & Lassos / LIZ JANES - Liz Janes & Create(!)
+ HISATO HIGUCHI - 2004 11 2005 4 / She
+ DINOSAUR - Dinosaur Jr. / DINOSAUR JR. - You're Living All Over Me / Bug
+ SASCHA NEUDECK - Schattenwind / NACHTSTROM - Flush
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+ IBRAHIM FERRER - Ay, Candela / RUBEN GONZALEZ - Momentos
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+ ZION TRAIN - Natural Wonders of the World in Dub
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+ sunnO))) - Black One / OREN AMBARCHI - Triste
+ ZE EDUARDO / JACK WALRATH QUARTET - Bad Guys / MICHAEL ATTIAS - Credo / JOE FIEDLER TRIO - Plays the Music of Albert Mangelsdorff / BERNARDO SASSETTI TRIO 2 - Ascent

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