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Joe Grimm – Brain Cloud

Brain Cloud III


It’s a shame to not see more chatter about Joe Grimm’s (aka The Wind-Up Bird) excelent ‘Brain Cloud’ diskĀ  that was released on Spekk earlier this year. By far one of the best acoustic/long form drone works to be heard this year. Pick it up over here.

“this music deals with overtones. i listen not so much to the direct-played notes; instead, i let my mind wander through the web of throbbing harmonics that arise as a result of their interaction. there are obvious sounds on the surface of the music, but eventually my ears penetrate beneath the surface to where harmonics overlap in countless reinforcements and cancellations. i love the glowing acoustic haze that seems to hover above the obvious notes, and the sustained ghost tones that emerge and recede within that cloudy texture. the brain cloud pieces are through-composed according to the principles of overtone confluence and particle density. there are no special electronics on these recordings — the humming sounds are the result of the acoustical interaction of voices, violins, horns, and above all, piano (brain cloud iii was recorded live with three pianos, each played by three people; 18-handed piano). – Joe Grimm

  1. billy gomberg on December 4th, 2008

    everyone I know who has listened to this disc has loved it. i was in school w/joe when he started getting on this trip. happy that it came out so well!