|Artist: Vir Unis + James Johnson|
Album: Perimeter II
The ambient/spacemusic capabilities of the synthesizer often work against the notions of "modern technology" in that the resultant music helps us to slow down - possibly even taking us out of reality for an indistinct amount of time. On Perimeter II, Vir Unis and James Johnson have identified with this aesthetic and present three CDs of alternatingly simple and complex vibrating systems of electronic music. The listening experience ranges from "slow time", as thin airy chords yield icy cerebral sonorities - on up to the dynamism of Perimeter II's beat based expressions and its multiple levels of reticulated (and borderline "techno") pulse and rhythm. Vir Unis and James Johnson understand that their audience's mind/body is more in tune with relatives than absolutes, so their music's celestial non-narrative atmosphere leaves plenty of space for the listener's feelings to unfold. The revelation of time flowing outside our own bodies is represented in the motoric repetition of advancing and receding layered rhythms and glittering arpeggiated chords cycling in synchronization with the music's pulse. Still, our internal clock does not tick at an even rate and the interior perception of time is mutable. A few seconds, a minute, an hour... these measurements have little meaning when related to ambient music. Vir Unis and James Johnson are musicians exploring the area between and beyond the spiritual and corporeal. These concepts of time and perception come through in the spectacular simplicity and beauty of their music.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 3 April 2003
Perimeter II, the 3CD set of electronic music by Vir Unis + James Johnson, will be released at their concert in Philadelphia on Saturday 12 April 2003 at the Spring season opener of The Gatherings Concert Series. The performance will take place within the reverberant setting of the church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia.
Access details about the concert series at: http://www.thegatherings.org
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