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Loop 2.4.3 is a composer-led band think Steve Reich, Harry Partch, Moondog, Clogs (with whom they share a founding member), Frank Zappa, or late 60 s Miles Davis. 'They are composers/instrument inventors/ improvisers/performers and virtuosi musicians of the highest caliber' (Gordon Stout). Known to employ the gamut of percussion instruments, their new album, Zodiac Dust, uses an expanded palette including strings and two instruments of their invention, the Rose Echo and eLog. Their music has been described as 'transportive percussion odysseys' (The Boston Phoenix), 'taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense' (Time Out Chicago), and as both 'action adventures and reveries... all sound[ing] like part of a well-thought-out tradition, only the tradition has never existed until now.' (Milo Miles, Fresh Air - NPR) Zodiac Dust retains the energy, immediacy, and vibrancy of the duo s debut album,Batterie, while somehow becoming both more focused and more experimental. The group's innately narrative approach to instrumental writing is taken across the breadth of the entire album. Loop 2.4.3 utilizes the eLog, Rose Echo, cello, violin, piano and voice, along with their standard percussion arsenal to create a 'fusing of mainstream perceptiveness and a post-modern philosophy that makes Zodiac Dust something that can be listened to over and over' (Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition) Loop 2.4.3 has performed with Clogs, Newband (Harry Partch Ensemble), Dafnis Prieto, Belle Orchestre, the Books, Evan Ziporyn, Sufjan Stevens, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, the Decemberists), Joe Morello, their late mentor Robert Hohner, dancer/choreographer Alan Good, director John Jeserun, as soloists with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the BAM Opera House, and at Times Square in a collaboration with Robert Indiana, Michael McKenzie and Teresa Smith. The duo has toured internationally and performed for radio, theater, and television, including The Learning Channel and MTV. They have appearanced at the Sydney Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Merkin Hall, and the Japan Society (NYC) among others.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Music Starts From Silence
  • ASIN: B0029RQ8S0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Scott R. Harding on January 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Before I tell you how incredible "Zodiac Dust" is, I offer a caveat: I am a professional composer, and a percussionist by instrument. I say this only because readers should know, in all fairness, that I'm listening very deeply to this music, and that when I say it works well as both a detailed aural experience AND as ethereal background music, you won't confuse it (necessarily) as "killer dinner music."

Which, for me, it would be. But, that's the household I live in. Whatever the case, Loop 2.4.3 have crafted a wonderfully atmospheric and engaging recording with "Zodiac Dust." Several tracks feature a difficult-to-distinguish combination of live acoustic percussion and free-flowing electronica. After a short marimba intro (redolent of Barber's "Adagio for Strings") you're thrust immediately into this spacey percussive/electronic assault with "Dark Matter." A quality set of headphones increases the fine detail present on this track, which alternately strikes me as innovative percussion ensemble music AND a fight-scene soundtrack from the latest Bourne movie.

"Underground" features an easygoing steel drum melody laid over top of a perfectly idiomatic marimba ostinato, which fades away into the much-divergent clacking sounds of log drums, xylophone, castanets, and other wooden instruments. The title track lives up to its name, sounding exactly like photos you've seen of the Crab Nebula. "Clouds" made me anticipate the relative calm of giant puffy cumulous clouds, but in actuality it's a rather menacing track of deeply resonating bass drum overlaid with an agonizingly intense mixture of electronics. "I Remember," at just under two minutes, is a reverent marimba duet that delivers the sense of calm and serenity I (wrongly) anticipated from "Clouds.
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