Dali: The Endless Enigma

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Dali: The Endless Enigma is an homage collection of electronic musical pieces inspired by the late artist's paintings. The album was conceived by Loren Nerell and Steve Roach. They were created by some of the more adventurous artists working in the medium at the time, who were asked to create new works based on their favorite Dali paintings. Originally issued in 1990 by Coriolis, the disc has been reissued in concert with Projekt. Germany's Klaus Schulze -- who was going very strong at the time -- and Spain's Michel Huygen; both are were/are well-known names in the medium, as are Americans Roach, Robert Rich, and Michael Searns. Other American artists include the band Djam ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Dali: The Endless Enigma is an homage collection of electronic musical pieces inspired by the late artist's paintings. The album was conceived by Loren Nerell and Steve Roach. They were created by some of the more adventurous artists working in the medium at the time, who were asked to create new works based on their favorite Dali paintings. Originally issued in 1990 by Coriolis, the disc has been reissued in concert with Projekt. Germany's Klaus Schulze -- who was going very strong at the time -- and Spain's Michel Huygen; both are were/are well-known names in the medium, as are Americans Roach, Robert Rich, and Michael Searns. Other American artists include the band Djam Karet, Bo Tomlyn, Walter Holland, and Nerell. While everything here is worth hearing at least once, it is the two collaborations between Rich and Roach -- based on "Birth of Liquid Desires" and "Rhinocentric Figure of Phidias' Illisos" that work the best. Both are relatively short, the former at just under five minutes, the second at just under three, because both men understand the wash element in Dali's paintings very well, where one image -- or the appearance of an image -- gives way to something else like a wave in the viewer's eyesight as they traverse the canvas; drones and ambient sounds with unplaceable elements bubbling up and around the listener are pervasive. There are voices in there somewhere too, and it's all happening simultaneously so it's impossible to hold onto for long. Likewise, Roach's solo track here, "The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory" is ambiguous form the git-go, much like the painting. There are slippery little rushes of what might be gamelan sounds, pipes, reverb, a keyboard, all shifting somewhat rhythmically, but never fully asserting their individual identities. The irregular "pulse" gives way to a sheeny drone about halfway through and that rhythm hides itself; it's all but imperceptible as the deeper layers come to the front, but it never entirely disappears. This is worth a listen or two, or perhaps even three; perhaps while looking through a catalog of Salvador Dali's work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • UPC: 617026202723
  • Catalog Number: 2027
  • Sales rank: 277,472

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Roach Primary Artist
Walter Holland Guitar, Analogue Synthesizer
Loren Nerell Synthesizer, Drums, Wood Flute, Tape
Steve Leonard Keyboards
Gayle Ellett Keyboards
Henry J. Osborne Percussion
Mike Ezzo Drums, Cheng
Mike Henderson Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Guitar (12 String Electric)
William Elder Violin
Technical Credits
Djam Karet Composer, Producer, Author
Walter Holland Composer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Author, Digital Synthesizer
Robert Rich Composer, Author
Steve Roach Composer, Producer, Engineer, Author, Concept
Klaus Schulze Engineer, Author
Michel Huygen Arranger, Composer, Producer, Author
Loren Nerell Composer, Author, Concept
Bo Tomlyn Composer, Author
Salvador Dali Cover Image
Gayle Ellett Vocal Effect, Tape Effects
Roy Montibon Art Direction
Henry J. Osborne Vocal Effect
Mike Henderson Vocal Effect
Rebecca Richards Engineer
Michael Searns Author
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