名作！！プライベートレーベルAARCより数種、またConfrontやErstwhile Recordsにも録音を残してきた抜群の相性の良さを提示し続けるベテラン二者Jeph Jerman & Tim Barnes。長い事沈黙していた米実験レーベルIDEAが11年振りの新作としてリリースした最新コレボレーション録音。Eric LundeにJames Hoffを含む8名程の演奏家がサポート、どこから聞いても本当に濃密な像が浮かび上がるタイトル通りの万能型(？)アンビエント。以前のIDEAの同様にかなりカッチリした豪華パッケージ。
On the second side of Versatile Ambience, Jeph Jerman utters an all too accurate observation of our overheated culture, describing us at “the smithy’s forge, replacing art with scrutiny.” Throughout their new record, Jerman and Barnes show us another, alchemical possibility—fusing art and scrutiny together. Across a dozen years, the duo of Jerman and Barnes has offered powerful, minimal music rooted in a shared dedication to the creative act of listening. Jerman is a veteran of the creative music scenes in Denver and Seattle, and in more recent years has been thoroughly investigating the sonic possibilities of the desert Southwest where he lives and works. Tim Barnes’s resume as a percussionist, engineer, and curator is studded with all-star collaborators including Tony Conrad, Sonic Youth, Ken Vandermark (who appears here as a guest), Royal Trux, and Tower Recordings. Versatile Ambience is their second record in as many years, making this one of the most productive periods in the duo’s history. The pieces on Versatile Ambience highlight the ingenuity and intense physical economy found throughout both artists’ repertoires. What sonic and performative possibilities are held in these few found objects, in this environment? What music is already here? What music is hidden in the subtly shifting motion of a hand? Explicitly or implicitly, Jerman and Barnes have spent their careers asking these questions. The latest answers are found here, in creative percussive and electronic improvisation by the duo, in the minimal but impactful contributions of a handful of guests, and in field recordings ranging from the call of a stranded cricket to the roar of a distant airport.