GAJOOB Review by Bryan Baker:
“Experiments From Day 17869,” a 42’42” minute piece by Jim Tetlow, is an audacious exploration of sound. Released on November 11, 2023, this work reveals an innovative approach to music-making.
Crafted from four improvisations recorded on September 23, 2023 — the 17869th day of Tetlow’s life, hence the title — the album serves as a rehearsal for a UV Spectra gig with Andy Atyeo. The recording offers a unique glimpse into the creative process, showcasing the energy and spontaneity that underpin Tetlow’s artistry.
The abstract nature of the album title reflects the music within. The listener is drawn into a world of soft buzzes, hushed feedback, and low growls, creating an atmosphere that is both soothing and slightly eerie. It’s like stepping into a nocturnal landscape, where unseen creatures whisper in the dark.
Tetlow’s music has an organic, breathing quality to it. The sounds seem to ebb and flow naturally, creating a sense of movement that is hypnotic. It’s easy to lose yourself in these soundscapes, letting the waves of sound wash over you as you journey through Tetlow’s sonic universe.
Despite the experimental nature of the music, there is a warmth and familiarity to it that is truly captivating. Tetlow’s use of looping and layering creates textures that are rich and complex, yet accessible. The result is a listening experience that is immersive, engaging, and deeply satisfying.
Special mention must be made of the production quality. Tetlow’s skills as a mixer and master are evident throughout the album, and the artwork, featuring imagery courtesy of MidJourney, adds a visual dimension that enhances the overall experience.
Discover a bold and exciting exploration of sound that pushes the boundaries of what music can be. It’s a testament to Tetlow’s creativity and his ability to create beauty from chaos. This album is a must-listen for anyone seeking a unique and enriching musical experience.
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