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Two Alan Morse Davies MP3s

He may have taken a break, but he’s returned twofold.

Over at alanmorsedavies.wordpress.com, Alan Morse Davies has begun, anew, his occasional audio postings, having uploaded today a pair, his first new additions to the site since early May.

“The Beauty of a Place When Everyone Cruel Is Still Sleeping” is an exercise in what he describes as “abstract slowness,” a haunting wall of moan that, it turns out, was originally birdsong — rendered eminently ghostly when Davies reduced the tape speed to (by his approximation) 1/64th its original pace (MP3). Meanwhile, “The Sontaran Experiment in the Style of Jóhann Jóhannsson” is just that: a good-natured attempt at the mix of symphonic classicism and full-throttle drone characterizes the work of the composer in question (MP3).

[audio:http://www.at-sea.com/today/5%20-%20The%20Beauty%20of%20a%20Place%20When%20Everyone%20Cruel%20is%20Still%20Sleeping.mp3|titles=”The Beauty of a Place When Everyone Cruel Is Still Sleeping”|artists=Alan Morse Davies] [audio:http://www.at-sea.com/today/6%20-%20The%20Sontaran%20Experiment%20for%20J%f3hann%20J%f3hannsson.mp3|titles=”The Sontaran Experiment in the Style of Jóhann Jóhannsson”|artists=Alan Morse Davies]

Heard in tandem, the pair of Davies tracks brings to mind — between the glacial pace of the first and the melancholy melodicism of the second — the manipulated 78rpm recordings that made such an impression when Davies posted them last year (disquiet.com).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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