Spacecraft is Gerber with composer John Rose and vocalist Diane Timmons. They released
Spacecraft (Lektronic Soundscapes, 1997), which also features
Chris Blazen and is highlighted by the 22-minute Zero One and
the 10-minute Destination Infinity.
The live album Hummel (Lektronic Soundscapes, 1998) is a good survey
of their art. The 16-minute The Summon is divided into two parts: the
first part gets going with languid psychedelic tones of guitar that transform
into an even slower and deeper spiritual "om" for buzzing electronics and
distant female voice; halfway, the psychic experience fades into a robotic
rhythm lulled by delicate metallic overtones.
The 15-minute Hummel is a symphonic poem a` la
Klaus Schulze, a quiet drama of melodic
synthesizers punctuated by undulating sequencers and (after six minutes) by
gamelan-like fibrillation and (after nine minutes) by hypnotic ticking which
eventually (after eleven minutes) mutates into melodic whistling.
Both these lengthy excursions display the narrative capacity of the musicians,
who can seamlessly, smoothly, elegantly shift from one motif to the next one
without causing any trauma but gradually increasing the emotional charge
of the "space" that the sounds "craft".
The pictorial skills of the trio are evident in the
galactic chaos of Exploration in Space and in the cascading sparkles of
Domes of Light.
Astrollenium, a wordless and rather static psalm, introduces the (female) voice, an experiment that segues into the medieval-sounding De Profundis. But these two tracks hardly retain the magic of the instrumental suites.
Giles Reaves joined the trio on
Earthtime Tapestry (Lektronic Soundscapes, 1999),
a far less ambitious work. The atmosphere is mostly lively and danceable
the soundpainting is often sterile repetition (Living World).
The notable exception is the nine-minute Dreams of One, in which
a female wail drifting inside a jungle of tinkling electronics creates a
nostalgic and desperate mood.
The music was less carefully crafted on
Kaleida Dreams (SFM, 1999),
Musical Meditation for World Peace (SFM, 2001),
Cybersphere (SFM, 2001),
Summer Town (SFM, 2001).
Rose has released the solo album Cosmogenesis (SFM, 2001).
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