Seeded Plain – Badminton, The Volleys (CD, 2023)


GAJOOB Review by Bryan Baker, 11/14/2023:

“Badminton, The Volleys” by Seeded Plain is a sonic exploration that challenges traditional notions of music and sound. Released in 2023, this album is a testament to the inventive genius of Jay Kreimer and Bryan Day, who have used their unique skills to create a work that is as engaging as it is innovative.

The album, recorded across various locations in India during October 2022, is a fascinating blend of improvised sounds and invented instruments. Kreimer, a seasoned musician and instrument inventor, brings his expertise to the fore, creating a soundscape that is both familiar and foreign. Day, an adventurer in sound and a creator of intriguing contraptions, adds his distinctive touch, resulting in a sonic experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.

“Badminton, The Volleys” is a journey through a world of machine shop percussion, diverse plucks, plonks, bends, brushes, patterns, crashes, rumbling drones and more. The sounds swell and lull, creating a dynamic rhythm that keeps the listener engaged throughout.

Each track is a distinct entity, yet they come together to form a cohesive whole. The music is animated and entertaining, with a sense of spontaneity that adds to its charm. The sounds are raw and unfiltered, giving the album an organic feel that sets it apart.

What makes “Badminton, The Volleys” truly special is the way it blurs the line between music and noise. Kreimer and Day challenge the listener to rethink their perceptions of what constitutes music, creating a soundscape that is as thought-provoking as it is enjoyable.

The production quality of the album is commendable, with each sound clearly defined and well-balanced. The album’s artwork, featuring photos by Kreimer and Pooja Usha, adds a visual dimension that complements the music perfectly.

“Badminton, The Volleys” is an adventurous exploration of sound that pushes the boundaries of music. It’s a testament to the creativity and innovation of Seeded Plain, making it a must-listen for fans of experimental music.

Media: CD.

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