Listening to Pictures

Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) by Jon Hassell; Bandcamp Link: Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

Number 46 in the Wire Magazine (@thewiremagazine) Top 50 Releases of 2018.

Jon Hassell probably first came to everyone’s attention through the Brian Eno and Jon Hassell album “Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics” on the E.G. Music Label.

At the time, Hassell defined “Fourth World Music” as, “a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques.”

He had come up among the New York minimalists, (Terry Riley and LaMonte Young,) then studied Indian classical music techniques, trying to apply what he learned from that to his trumpet playing.

This album is largely an electronic/ambient work and actually charted at number 34 on the UK Dance Album Charts in 2018. He plays his characteristically gnomic trumpet over a variety of digital loops and samples, bending, spindling, and mutating with great abandon.

It makes fine house cleaning music.

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