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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

STEPHEN PARSICK: Cambrium - Music For Protozoa (2009)

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

This is yet another dark ambient work where Stephen Parsick shows us the other side of microbiological life by the means of his music

1 Proterozoikum 6:25

2 DNA Sequence 6:50

3 Ekectric Soup Kitchen 4:55 

4 Primordial Glurp 6:03 

5 Trilobite 6:17 

6 Amoeba 5:23 

7 Cambrium 12:05 

8 Medusa 4:48  

9 Urge to Live 10:44  

10 Radiolaria 4:18

(CD-r 67:48) (V.F.)

(Dark ambient music)

The least that can be said is that Stephen Parsick is in a troubled period where the lifeless forms of tetanized music seem close to his conceptual priorities. In the same vein as Debris, although less heavy and more atmospheric, CAMBRIUM-MUSIC FOR PROTOZOA is a musical journey more psychedelic than structured. A sound journey that depicts the microscopic universe surrounding us on movements without rhythms intermingled with heavy musical structures animated by a life of reverberations. The Drone-Ambient Music! Recorded in concert on May 29, 2009 at the University of Bielefeld, as part of the Night of Sounds, this latest achievement by the German synthesist reflects an effervescent microbiological world. An astonishing musical journey where microscopic life boils through the ARP 2600 and the VCS-3.

Gently emerging from the meanders of a life bubbling with metaphorical streaks, Proterozoikum floats in a spectral universe where corrosive choirs and breaths aromatize a micro-organic life of strange luminous parasites which contort like white grubs, a handful of maggots. Strange ashen witch laughs flow from this context where the underlying life reigns with Stephen Parsick's own color palettes. The first beginnings of a world out of control appear at the opening of DNA Sequence. Spasmodic sequences collide in a strange fusional ballet to dance in a disjointed way, like microbe puppets or enzymes in search of any entry point. An abstract dance, for a microbiological universe spreads its sounds among atmospheric and lifeless structures as in Ekectric Soup Kitchen, Amoeba, Medusa and Radiolaria and structures animated by pulsating sequenced rhythms like Tribolite which dances under dark strata of a flow arrhythmic and the long title-track which is the quintessence of the Berlin School. And finally Urge to Live, whose reverberating heaviness and curves resemble the sound bursts of the last ['ramp] album, Debris.

An abstract cerebral journey or a sound exploration of an underlying life, CAMBRIUM-MUSIC FOR PROTOZOA presents us a Stephen Parsick in great shape. The German synthesist takes us where he wants, that is to say in the confines of a musical adventure where abstract art infiltrates the territories which separate the Berlin School from the Dark Ambiant.

Sylvain Lupari (December 2nd, 2009) ***½**

Available at [´ramp] Bandcamp

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