Rustcycle - "Daisho"
(ACM Records 2005, CD)
From Aural Innovations #33 (March 2006)
Rustcycle is a very interesting project by the creative genus of Adrian. In his ideal world he would like to use his own brainwaves to interact with software that would learn and adapt to his music and thus feedback to directly influence the music that he creates. It is an adventurous neuroscience project that he is actively working towards with the completion of his master's degree and the beginning of his PhD studies. While none of the music on this CD uses the automatic generation via his own software, many of his ideas are presented on the CD. He plays guitar, violin, bass, drums, keyboards and interfaces this with some effects. Daisho is 11 tracks over 45 minutes (track 12 is nearly 14 minutes of silence?), starting with the short "Vin and Phonic" and leading into "Reverse 1". Many of the pieces are quite minimal in nature and influenced by classical music as well as electronic music like Brian Eno. Sometimes the music is highly processed like on "Wakizashi Part 1". Sometimes the music is a little too new age like for my tastes, like on the title track, but then he surprises you with some very cool guitar. Only a few of the tracks contain vocals (poetry) and the rest is instrumental. I really look forward to hearing the music that Adrian will be able to create once he fulfils his dream of interfacing his brain with his music. Exciting!
For more information you can visit the Rustcycle web site at: http://www.rustcycle.com.
Reviewed by Scott Heller