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When a Song’s Development Is a Matter of Distance

In "Arboretum" by Washington, D.C.–based Tag Clouds

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As “Arboretum”begins, it is sweet and light, what might be piano heard as filtered through a billowy scrim of synthesized zithers. It’s the chamber music of the spheres, and diverting spheres they are.

As the piece proceeds, those core elements don’t necessarily change very much. As recorded by Tag Cloud, the listener’s perspective simply recedes, one stage at a time, as if we’re pulled denser into a storm — a digital storm, all white-noise rain and sawtooth lightning — the original becoming distant with each step.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/tag-cloud. Tag Cloud is Chris Videll, who is based in Washington, D.C. He has two releases on the Zero Moon label (zeromoon.com).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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