SETI ‎– Ciphers

Instinct Ambient ‎– AMB.6004.2, Instinct Ambient ‎– AMB 6004 2, Instinct Ambient ‎– amb 6004 2
CD, Album


1 Fragment.01 6:41
2 Fragment.02 8:35
3 Fragment.03 8:25
4 Fragment.04 9:29
5 Fragment.05 5:37
6 Fragment.06 9:08
7 Fragment.07 4:14
8 Fragment.08 3:30
9 First Fragment 4:57

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(P)(C) 1996 Instinct Records

Catalog number on spines: AMB.6004.2 and AMB 6004 2
Catalog number on disc: amb 6004 2

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  • Barcode: 7 20841 60042 8

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AMB.6004.2, amb.6004.2 SETI Ciphers(CD, Album) Instinct Ambient, Instinct Ambient AMB.6004.2, amb.6004.2 US 1996 Sell This Version



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March 2, 2016
A LONG TIME ago I picked up my first SETI disc and could not believe how sedate and spacious the sounds were. A tidal wave-length orchestration intermixed with a 'rush of radio' white noise and a background running narrative from radio astronomer Frank Drake -- set the mood on the stars and left the listener romantically watching the nighttime skies. Surprisingly, the music was not cold or cloying, but rather quite the opposite. Those tracks were aptly titled "Signals 001 thru 009" and of course, lastly the "Final Signal."

Now two years later Taylor Deupree (Taylor808) and Savvas Ysatis (Omicron) have returned to the SETI project they started with the blessing of The SETI League, to give us "Fragment.01 thru Fragment.08" and the last track titled "First Fragment." The vision this time out is different and, I think, more of a test for the listener. There are no snippets of any kind on this recording resembling communication hubs packetizing data in wavelength form. No terrestrial or celestial sounds true to the nature of actual radio leakage.

This SETI is mostly synthetic in its appearance, and that I guess, is just part of the evolution we have to except from the artists. There is much less ambient hum and I can't put my finger on it but it almost seems like a dub flux movement but there's *no way* you could dance to this. So I don't think dub is the right phrase. Maybe it's just that I miss Frank's dialog of scientific observations on extraterrestrials or the project itself as on their second work "Pharos."

In any case, all SETI works come with great documentation and I suggest reading the liner notes while hunkered down low somewhere with just enough light to read by and let the artist's explain the different 'data dance' they have composed. In short, Ciphers offers quite a different ambience than in previous recordings.