With Ten Meditations, musical maverick Koen van Bommel transports us into a remote plain of musical meditation, from which playful sonic hints help us hallucinate and perceive something beyond.
On side A a grand entrance made by electronic heartbeats breaks with this trance and transports the listener elsewhere -- into a space more digital. The development of experimental acousmatic sound alongside the classical chopping and screwing of various materials generate the effect of disorienting the ear, but at the same time grounding it on an effectively unstable frame of reference from which to navigate the piece.
Side B opens with a treated and slowly dissolving gamelan-reminding piece after which we are taken into more nostalgic territory, driven and fueled by sounds more characteristic of vintage electronics and the rise of digital culture.
Cutting and pasting digital and analog. Exploring the realms of machine music, and of human ears. Cyborg phenomenology and experimental nonchalance. Ten Meditations really feels like a stroll through a dark city from a John Carpenter movie, in which waves of sound come and go as you pace around. Certainly a musical piece to really listen to, and decipher by focused ear.