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Format : Compact Disc
Catalogue Number : EDSS 1050
Label : Demon / Edsel Records
Release Date : 27 June 2011
Country : United Kingdom
Torn Sunset
HAROLD BUDD CONCERT
BRIGHTON 2005
I happened to hear Theo Travis sound-checking on stage, using loops and long delays. The Brighton Dome filled with this elegant, spiralling sound. Impressive.

I immediately thought it would be fascinating to sing into Theo's music, there would be points where you wouldn't quite know what was voice and what was instrument, a sort of confusion I particularly enjoy - like seeing a city through fog. Everything becomes more mysterious when boundaries blur.

So we talked, and he kindly sent over the recordings of Slow Life.

On first hearing, though, I felt a little discouraged because the music sounded so beautiful as it was. Anything else might be decoration.

I played piano along with a few of the pieces, to get some idea of scales and structure - and discovered they contained all kinds of hidden melodies.

It soon became clear the tracks were rich enough to support something related to Slow Life, but revealing other layers through these hinted, filmic melodies I was hearing. The voice might have been a nice add-on, but this would be more of an architectural appreciation.

That elision of instruments could still happen too, by extending the piano harmonics through reverberation and making other harmonic links using a few discreet synth textures.

I had a lot of fun working in this way - always loved that gentle mystery of loose, suggested melodies and it was a real privilgee to be able to uncover all these other aspects of Theo's music.

John Foxx February 2011

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