The first collaboration between two artists well-known to listeners of ambient and experimental music in general. While INTANGIBLE has a meditative and tranquil drifting quality, it also incorporates more melodic and rhythmic elements than most ambient music of the present day. Listeners who like their ambience musical will enjoy this as much as those who like their drones deep and mystical.
Though it's the duo's first collaboration together, both of them have been releasing music for about a quarter century. These guys are responsible for some of Hypnos' favorite "Desert Island Disc" listening material. Hypnos often tries to introduce new, fresh talent to their listeners, but this is a case of two music-makers who know all the tricks, and yet continue to create work as vibrant and inspired as anything on the cutting edge.
A Produce has released ten albums, including two on Hypnos (Smile on the Void solo, and Altara in collaboration with Hypnos founder M. Griffin). Loren Nerell has released solo work on Amplexus, Soleilmoon, and Side Effects, and collaborated with Steve Roach on TERRAFORM in 2006.
"Part of the pleasure of the collaboration is hearing the unexpected results. Such is the case on Intangible, the wonderful CD by A Produce and Loren Nerell. As each track spins out we feel their thrill of discovery. From open empty space into which the hearer will project their own imagination to vivid soundscapes of primeval atmosphere, Intangible manipulates our sense of time and space. There is really quite a bit going on within the seven sound designs of this album. Barry Craig and Loren Nerell manage to capture the mysterious vibe of the electric jungle: a mystical place where synthesizers, samplers and signal processors coexist beautifully with native flutes, ethnic drums and ringing gamelan solos. Each piece offers a distinctive mood, either built on the seeming stillness of shifting drones, lush currents of detailed sound and environmental recordings or the rhythmic energy and repetitive structure of traditional percussion runs. Intangible delivers realizations of deep-thought ambiance alongside rousing compositions of diverse beats. Exotic more than it is alien, harmonically rich and introspective without being dull, Intangible hopes to transport the listener to an imaginary untouched place between our early history and these technology driven times. Central is the interplay between these two musicians, who complement each other perfectly. This duo has the talent to match their ambitions." — Review by Chuck Van Zyl, WXPN Star's End radio
This is the second album I've supported on Kickstarter that Mark Seelig has appeared on (the other is "Journey to Aktehi" by Seelig & Sam Rosenthal). I have heard/bought many of Nerell's works over the years also, including "Tree of Life." This is a solid pairing of super-talented musicians. Scott
This is very long beauty.. Long form textures that are floating in a colloidal environment of titanium and champagne. I have always loved this sound palette of Steve's . Adventure around every corner and a huge fade at the end..Awesome !!! Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews