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Fri, 31 Dec 2004

I am / Deborah Thurlow
In case it isn't obvious, and if you started with this entry it isn't (yet), I like unusual music. I enjoy performers who take risks, who try something that hasn't been tried. Of course, I like it better when they succeed. But I like to believe I appreciate the attempt; a noble failure is worth far more than another "me too" performance.

In those terms, this album is a noble effort. Ms. Thurlow and her collaborators combine instruments that have probably never been heard together before, from the traditional shofar, a ram's horn not generally heard outside a Yom Kippur service, to a Tibetan Singing Bowl, to a theremin, mainstay of trashy science fiction soundtracks. The result is hardly what one would call melodic.

But neither is it the cacophony that description brings to mind. I am hangs together and creates a mood and a sense of place and purpose. It feels like a soundtrack to a fantasy film. But not a low budget shlocky film. No, this music deserves a grand tale of an ancient time. It demands expansive visuals and real production values. I'd love to see the movie that merits these sounds behind it.

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