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Beam Stone by Pers Anders Nilsson - Sten Sandell - Raymond Strid

Here, three Swedish improvisers abide by the manifesto, that "each sound has its own narrative" via the acoustic-electric format. Recorded at the Academy of Music and Drama at University of Gothenburg in 2007, the trio resides on a vast plane, where mutant sounds and asymmetrical pulses coalesce within the improvisational component.

Pers Andres Nilsson’s computer generated and synth sound-sculpting maneuvers offer a bizarre axis of noise shaping factors, especially when embarking upon dialogues with Sten Sandell’s prepared piano motifs. Percussionist Raymond Strid’s slap, dab and darting rhythms help generate a buoyant underpinning amid cymbal swashes and hued textures. Hence, polytonal contrasts are in abundance to complement ethereal and subdued frameworks along with ventures into the unknown.

When performing on acoustic piano, Sandell dishes out flailing arpeggios yet steers the band into minimalist territory via trickling clusters and single note patterns. The artists navigate through nooks, crannies and dark caverns. They seemingly cover just about every possible angle throughout the preponderance of these mind-bending and largely, persuasive works. As these points are especially driven home during the album finale "Angle of Response," featuring a pulse that mirrors an irregular heartbeat, coated with kooky electronics effects, droning notes and peppery beats among other essentials. There’s a good chance that you haven’t heard anything quite like it!

- Glenn Astarita

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Pers Anders Nilsson - Sten Sandell - Raymond Strid
  • CD Title: Beam Stone
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: psi records
  • Musicians: Per Andres Nilsson (computer and synthesizer), Sten Sandell (piano, prepared piano, electronics and voice), Raymond Strid (percussion)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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