When considering American independent electroacoustic music (as opposed to composers working in university studios), we generally spot strong individualities like Kim Cascone, John Hudak, Minoy, John Wiggins, Philip Perkins, etc (Tellus cassettes #13 Power Electronics, 1986 and #20 Media Myth, 1988, are a valid introduction), though it would make sense to consider the trend as a movement, like German Elektronische Musik or French Musique Concrète. Philip B. Klinger (b 1960, Michigan) has been a prominent figure of that scene since 1987, releasing many solo and collaborative tapes on various US underground labels. At first belonging to the nebulous US noise underground, his style had moved to distinct electroacoustic endeavors at the time of his first CD release, ‘Macrophage/The Toil and The Reap’ on Daniel Plunkett’s N D label. The disc pairs two electronic suites, the noise ambient Macrophage and the nuanced and restrained The Toil and The Reap. The opener ‘Forge’ aludes to Wagner in both title and content, as it could pass for an updated soundtrack to Siegfried‘s scene where the dwarf is forging a blade in a cave. Macrophage can be heard as an homage to Richard Wagner, the creator of noise music, though PBK put his PBKSound archive under the tutelar figure of Luigi Russolo. The Toil and The Reap explores dreamy, cinematographic territories with subtle combinations of inscrutable electronic and musique concrète sounds, synth loops and sound effects. The free-floating, amoebic music of track #10 ‘Beckoning’ is a collaboration with Dirk Serries’ Vidna Obmana. N D also released another PBK CD ‘Shadows Of Prophecy/In His Throes’ in 1994.
More info on soundgenetic.blogspot.com/. Thanks to Philip for permission.
01 Forge (6:06)
02 Enmesh (4:26)
03 Cell Wall Defect (3:45)
04 Fusion (5:41)
05 Onset (3:27)
06 Aftermath (3:49)
The Toil and The Reap
07 Anger and Real Force (5:21)
08 Till The Stone Spells A Name (7:45)
09 Eyelids Closed, As In A Dream (9:17)
10 Beckoning (5:50)
11 Poison Sweets Of Love (6:24)
Total time 61:49
CD released by N D , Austin, TX, USA, 1992