atmospheric electo-acoustic soundscapes. " a wide range of styles from the totally cosmic,
via ethnic musics, through to bizarrely twisted jazz fusion." - Audion Magazine
really wanted to have a small exploratory trio to do live
elctronics and treated acoustic music with. At one Talking
Fish rehearsal only CC, Mick & Andy made it so they jammed
a bit and CC saw the potential. It kinda reminded him of The
Rain Garden in it's approach.
This recording is the best hour from 3 x 30min live sets.
There were no rehearsal and they soon found some wondrous
soundworlds, sometimes revisiting one in subsequent sets which
gives this album a nice feeling of cohesion.
As all three players were new to the group there is a great
feeling of exploration and freshness. The voyage continues.
Riley, Vidna Obmana, Eduard Artemiev, Robert Rich, Simon Stockhausen,
Bernard Xolotl, Lydia Kavina, Wendy Carlos, JL Ponty
digitally live at the Musician and International Art Centre,
Leicester , mastered at Oblong Studios.
are The Planet Scanners very first meetings.
As is a common tradition with Chris Conway improvisations
the titles were taken from random page, random line of whichever
book he was reading at the time. Which book this was has been
lost in the mists of time.
All three musicians had worked together before in Chris Conway's
acoustic songs group The Talking Fish.
CCs favourite track - Know
a way, born out of the SCANNING PLANET 3 concept, Chris got
together this trio to explore such space music in a live improvised
Chris Conway (synthesizers, organ, Theremin, flutes, kalimba,
vocals), Mick Oxtoby (violin, guitar) and Andy Fitzsimons
(congas, bodhran, percussion), the astute amongst you may
note that all 3 have featured in different incarnations of
disc documents live recordings from gigs along with Endgame
and as support to Shapeshifter, and rides a wide range of
styles from the totally cosmic, via ethnic musics, through
to bizarrely twisted jazz fusion. The latter aspect of reminds
me of Brainticket on their ADVENTURE and VOYAGE albums,
there are also touches of Between and the Third Ear Band,
but largely it's Chris Conway's definite stamp that's all
over it, ably proving he can be four musicians at once,
even in a live setting.
Violin fans are, of course, in for a treat, as Mick creates
some giddy dazzling dances of effects with his electric
- Audion Magaizne