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Electrical Shroud, recorded in 1995-1996, is Transient v Resident's first release. The seven tracks are presented as parts of one work, although they don't segue into each other. This structure is reminiscent of Jean-Michel Jarre's first albums like Equinox and Oxygène, but the comparison ends here. You will not find a catchy melody in Electrical Shroud; a steady rhythm is also something seldom heard (there is one in "Part V"). This is gloomy, dark electronic music, with ambient moods that never really settle in. It unfolds slowly and can get very noisy at times (the first eight minutes of "Part I" are screeching), but also peaceful. Some electronics are close to electro acoustic aesthetics, but this music doesn't come through as overtly experimental, although it is more challenging than Jarre or Tangerine Dream! ~ François Couture, Rovi


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Transient v Resident is a duo formed of Martin Archer (synthesizers, electronics, amplified objects, woodwind) and Chris Bywater (synthesizers, electronics, amplified objects, guitar). In 1993, Archer decided to disband his saxophone quartet Hornweb and quit the jazz scene. He got into electronics and TvR became one of his new projects. As Archer's solo material is the result of hours spent in the studio, TvR remains his only musical project to translate into live activities. The duo's music is also...
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