Hidden Topographies is very hard to describe. My collaborations with Nathan Kreisberg (which go back to high school... a surprisingly long time ago) are always based around improv sessions, and this Rhomb release is no exception. These tracks were more than simply improvs, however, as we were trying very hard to work our "discovered" material into fully formed compositions. Interestingly this is one of the albums I can listen to as if it were someone else's music... it's familiar, but is still a strange and wonderful experience each listen. - Michael Bentley
From the press release:
Each moment opens, for every one of us, a new and personal frontier, a small unknown land, ripe for exploration. Time passes as vista follows vista, each unique and seemingly self-contained. As experiences accumulate, the vast scope of possibilities contrasts the tininess of our subjectivity. Here we try to journey between the two, through hidden topographies.
These tracks are intended to have multiple characters. Terminus is a beginning and an end. Ice Fields may be a sweet song for winter, or the final thoughts of a Victorian explorer dying of hypothermia in the Arctic. Darkened may reflect the turning of a mood, or the setting of the sun.
"Delicate, subtle excursions constructed from brittle tonalities and airy electronics... Interesting and odd." JC Smith, Outburn
"Rhomb presents a sort of alien soundscape, with an almost zen like minimal serenity about it. It's an organic, textural excursion into the more delicate regions of sound... Very satisfying." Hans Stoeve, Power Spot radio in Sydney, Australia)
"... this album fits nicely into the realm of deep space electronic ambience inhabited by Aerial Service Area (#2) and Anthony Manning (IIPP), its little noises and quirky melodies providing an engaging vacation from gravity and inviting many listenings." Joshua Maremont, The Ambient List
released March 27, 1998
Composed and recorded by Nathan Kreisberg and Michael Bentley.