Random Acoustics 008 Perceptions


Phil Minton, voice & trumpet; Marcio Mattos, cello & electronics; Martin Blume, drums.

Aisthesis (09.00), Passages (27.01), Doors of perception (14.33), Soma (14.44).

Recorded live at LOFT, Koln on 11 December 1993.

Artwork and design (reproduced below) by Hans Schneider and Georg Graewe; photograph by Christoph Bednarz. Produced by Georg Graewe.

„One's happiness sustains by way of Perceptions / Axon [Random Acoustics RA 008] -- Phil Minton, voice; Marcio Mattos, cello (Brazil); Martin Blume, drums (Germany) -- if only because inhibitions lie yet farther afield. Minton, in a keystone position within the ensemble, rises to heights of creative lunacy. The only thing I have on disc to compare (and I can think of no greater praise) is Eberhard Blum's solo vocal performance of John Cage's Sixty-Two Mesostics Re Merce Cunningham [hatART CD 2-6095, two discs]. However, the comparison slights Minton's co-conspirators, neither of whom deserve the snub. This will long remain one of my favorite discs. I've played it at least a dozen times prior to these remarks, which I'm determined to keep brief, as trying to describe this kind of thing amounts, as Elvis Costello observed, to dancing about architecture.“

Mike Silverton La Folia, Volume 5/99

"... this disc is a joy of gleeful chaos, deep listening, and communication by three wizards in the field.”

Thom Jurek, All Music Guide