Music for Art Exhibits
Music For Art Exhibits could be a misleading title if you allow it to be, but for Soundscapegoat it might be about playing with the idea of what this music could be. The album is a unique exploration of synthesizers and electronics, and in an abstract sense they may be fitting at an art exhibit. If you are to take the concept on the surface, each song represents a different area of the exhibit with different textures and tones, each one sounding very different from the one that came before. Some of the pieces come off a bit repetitive at first, but allow the music to settle in and one will be able to find each section of the song unfolding and revealing new elements within the audio meditation. In fact, I would call this 'music for a distracted meditation', in that one could easily chill and zone out but one might also get lost in some of the groups that could have easily be taken from a few German electronic music galleries. Soundscapegoat is the one-man production of Peter Bartlein, whose work under the name Marys Brother I reviewed earlier this year in The Run-Off Groove #188. While the grooves are still here, you'll have to take it all in as a whole rather than a few bursts here in there. Even though each track sounds different and unique, there is something in them that unites it all as one piece. It reminds me some of the work by The ORB where each layer of sound turns into something that may be the start of hallucinatory visions. Review by John Book, The Run-Off Groove #214.