Elements of Light
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||Wave||Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory||4:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Particle||Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory||12:30||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Photon||Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory||4:42||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Spectral Split||Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory||17:34||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Quantum||Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory||4:39||$1.29||View In iTunes|
Elements of Light sounds less like the fourth proper Pantha du Prince album than it does a commissioned work. Depending on the vantage point, it's either a logical progression or a creative dead end. A collaboration between Hendrik Weber and a cheekily-named ensemble of bell-equipped percussionists from Norway, it's the producer's most ambient work, more suitable for background listening than anything from his past. Considering the level of restraint and thickness of haze present throughout Diamond Daze, This Bliss, and Black Noise, that's saying something. The origin of this project dates back to a 2011 performance at Oslo's Øya Festival, but it wouldn't be shocking if the prompt came from a director who heard Black Noise and sought a film score — one with a more organic and atmospheric fusion of lean techno and bell-dominated instrumentation. Much of the program is either pleasantly incidental or, in the case of the 13-minute "Particle," jumbled and more impressive than enjoyable. The 18-minute "Spectral Split," however, is perfectly formed and organized. It begins with soft tones and sustain, gently incorporates a subtle but anxious pulse, and builds into the album's most layered, dazzling, and active piece — an oddly spirit-lifting delight for lovers of both "real" and pared down electronic music.
The album only tracks are protected by drm and will not play on non apple devices. BOO, bad move.
sure to be noted!
Very interesting and absorbing sound! A full body experience. Or out of the body. :) I like it a lot!
I wonder if Phillip Glass has heard this album?
I'd like to see what Glass' critique would be...
I wonder what the Bell Laboratory looks like?
Whatever, 4-stars for the 4 tracks I like very much. I didn't care for track #3. Kind of destroyed the atmosphere of 1, 2, 4, 5.
What's next from the lab?
Years Active: '00s, '10s
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