Vibracathedral Orchestra
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Lino Hi (2000), 7/10
Versatile Arab Chord Chart (2000), 6/10
My Gate's Open (2001), 6/10
Dabbling With Gravity (2002), 7.5/10
The Queen of Guess (2003) , 6/10
Tuning To The Rooster (2005), 6/10
Ragged & Right (2006) , 5.5/10
The Sun Balance/ The Open Knot (2006), 5.5/10
Wisdom Thunderbolt (2007), 6/10
Astral Social Club: Octuplex (2009), 6/10
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Beyond shoegazing and drone-rock, there is Neil Campbell's Vibracathedral Orchestra, a Leeds-based collective that draws inspiration from avantgarde composers of the 1960s and 1970s such as LaMonte Young and Pauline Oliveros. Campbell learned his craft in the the A-Band, a project he shared with future gurus such as Richard Youngs and whose opus was collected on Artex (Siltbreeze). The Orchestra is him jamming with friends and long-time collaborators Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport, Julian Bradley and Michael Flower (cassettes and singles such as Falling Free You and Me/ Filling Sacks With Coloured Scraps document the early stages when they were only a trio). Working with a variety of acoustic instruments (violins, lutes, zithers, horns, bells, guitars, percussions) as well as electronis, they turn their early albums, Lino Hi (Giardia, 2000), Versatile Arab Chord Chart (VHF, 2000), My Gate's Open (Roaratorio, 2001 - Lexicon Devil, 2004), their first vinyl release, MMICD (Ikea Packaging), a compilation of 2001 recordings, Long Live The Weeds, live performances from 1999 and 2000, Hollin, basically leftovers from the Lino Hi sessions, Hot Booty, a 1999 live performance, Music For Red Breath, soundtrack for a film, The Vibracathedral String Quartet, a concerto for two cellos, acoustic guitar and mandolin, and self-released cassettes such as Mothing (1998), Copse (1998), Their Spines Crumble For A Hug (2000), into mystical experiences. The former's standout track, Can I Put My Thumb In Your Pudding Please, reveals their naive, dadaistic nature. While a little redundant, they are effective attempts at redefining dreamy, cosmic free-form noise for the post-shoegaze generation.

How The Garden Is (Harpendedn, 2001) was a collaboration between Neil Campbell and Richard Youngs.

Dabbling With Gravity (VHF, 2002) tries to rediscover the writing on their blank pages. The resulting structures wink at Indian ragas (The Body Is the Arrow), like the Third Ear Band jamming with John Fahey and being remixed by Brian Eno, but mainly their are chaotic, colossal sonic barbeques that immolate logic to the religion of imagination. Tracks: Hypnotism in your Hips (4.00), Let Steam Rule & Luck Lose (8.01), He Play all day Long (5.47), Bombay Stores Disco (3.17), Fingernail R'n'B (2.54), The Body is the Arrow, the Arms form the Bow (14.08), "Mutual Amnesia Sugar" (5.52), Hall 7 broke my heart: True as God (2.26), This is where No-one Worked Out (4.07), Mystical Coughing (7.25), Going Out Intending to Dig (3.40).

Tour (VHF, 2003) documents live performances with Sunroof.

The Queen of Guess (VHF, 2003) is mainly divided between two lengthy tracks. Ramshackle Sunrise is another otherworldly fusion of free-jazz, raga and minimalism. Goodnight Stars Goodnight Air is pretty much the opposite, a static, contemplative, ambient fresco.

Ridin' Free (Eclipse, 2004)

Neil Campbell also released Sol Powr (Lal Lal Lal, 2002 - Music Mundane, 2007). and the hour-long drone of Foment - Maximum Version For Astral Flora (2004).

Pontiac Lady (VHF, 2004) is a three-CD live album.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Marco Spagnuolo)

Oltre allo shoegazing e al drone-rock, vi sono i Vibracathedral Orchestra di Neil Campbell che prese l' ispirazione dai compositori d'avanguardia degli anni 60' e 70' come LaMonte Young e Pauline Oliveros. Campbell si formò musicalmente in un progetto chiamato A-Band, esperienza che condivise con il futuro guru del genere Richard Youngs , i loro lavori sono "esposti" su un album - Artex (Siltbreeze).

L'Orchestra può essere definita come un miscuglio di amici e collaboratori a lungo termine Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport, Julian Bradley and Michael Flower (di cui si hanno cassette e singles come Falling Free You and Me/ Filling Sacks With Coloured Scraps i quali documentano gli inizi della band quando erano solo un trio).

Lavorando con una varietà di strumenti acustici ( violini, liuti , corni , cetre tirolesi , campane , chitarre , percussioni) ed elettronici , rilasciarono i loro primi album,

Lino Hi (Giardia, 2000), Versatile Arab Chord Chart (VHF, 2000), My Gate's Open (Roaratorio, 2001 - Lexicon Devil, 2004), rilasciarono il loro primo vinile,

MMICD (Ikea Packaging), una raccolta delle registrazioni del 2001,Long Live The Weeds, performance live dal 1999 al 2000,Hollin, che si differenzia da Lino Hi ,

Hot Booty, una performance live del 1999, Music For Red Breath, colonna sonora per il cinema, The Vibracathedral String Quartet, un concerto per due violoncelli , chitarra acustica e mandolino, e "self-released cassettes" come Mothing (1998), Copse (1998), Their Spines Crumble For A Hug (2000), che mostrano il loro lato più mistico.

Il " pezzo" Can I Put My Thumb In Your Pudding Please, si distingue dai lavori del passato mostrando la natura naive e dadaistica del gruppo.

Nella generale esuberanza , cercano di ridefinire la dreamy & cosmic music per la generazione post - shoegaze.

How The Garden Is (Harpendedn, 2001) era una collaborazione tra Neil Campbell e Richard Youngs.

Dabbling With Gravity (VHF, 2002) cerca di riscoprire il testo nelle loro pagine vuote.Le strutture risultanti ammiccano all'Indian ragas (The Body Is the Arrow),

come ad esempio i Third Ear Band accompagnati da John Fahey e remixati da Brian Eno, ma indefinitiva essi rimangono caotici, bestialità soniche colossali che immolano la logica alla religione dell'immaginazione.Tracks: Hypnotism in your Hips (4.00), Let Steam Rule & Luck Lose (8.01), He Play all day Long (5.47), Bombay Stores Disco (3.17), Fingernail R'n'B (2.54), The Body is the Arrow, the Arms form the Bow (14.08), "Mutual Amnesia Sugar" (5.52), Hall 7 broke my heart: True as God (2.26), This is where No-one Worked Out (4.07), Mystical Coughing (7.25), Going Out Intending to Dig (3.40).

Tour (VHF, 2003) documenta le performances live con Sunroof

The Queen of Guess (VHF, 2003) è principalmente diviso tra due lunghe tracce.

Ramshackle Sunrise è un'altra fusione fuori dal mondo tra free - jazz , raga e minimalismo.

Goodnight Stars Goodnight Air è qualcosa di più dell'opposto di uno statico , contemplativo affresco ambientale.

Ridin' Free (Eclipse, 2004)

Neil Campbell ha anche rilasciato un drone della durata di 1ora - Foment - Maximum Version For Astral Flora (2004).

Pontiac Lady (VHF, 2004) è un album live di 3 cds.

The Vibracathedral Orchestra finally adopted a more professional sound for Tuning To The Rooster (Important, 2005), recorded in a regular studio with a regular producer. All the tracks were previously released, but in this album they are given their definite form. The highlight is the 17-minute Wearing Clothes of Ash.

After the limited-edition Ragged & Right (Hot Boots, 2006) and the long-playing The Sun Balance/ The Open Knot (Qbico, 2006), the Vibracathedral Orchestra rediscovered its original free-form chaos on Wisdom Thunderbolt (VHF, 2007), adding drummer Chris Corsano, Matthew Bower of Skullflower and Sunroof, Pete Nolan of the Magik Markers and John Godbert of Skullflower to the core group of Neil Campbell, Mick Flower, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport, displaying better skills at amalgamating synths and horns (the twelve-minute cosmic Rainbow Whirlwind).

Michael Flower debuted solo with Returning To Knowing Nothing (Qbico, 2007), that harked back to LaMonte Young's droning minimalism.

Astral Social Club is Neil Campbell's disco project, that released dance ditties such as Monster Mittens (Dirty Knobby, 2008). Astral Social Club's entire output was released as a series of 16 albums, later collected on just two volumes: #1-7 and #8-16 (2008). The music ran the gamut from droning freak folk to free-form noise. #18 (2009) and #19 (2009) collect live performances.

Neon Pibroch (Important, 2007) and Super Grease (Important, 2007) returned to Vibracathedrals' spaced-out ragas.

Astral Social Club's Octuplex (VHF, 2009) marked a more serious turn for the project. This all-electronic tour de force is a wild reservoir of psychedelic techno music such as Caustic Roe and cybernautic musique concrete such as the eight-minute Pilgrim Sunburst Muscle Adductor and Hot Toxer are the "hits". In between lies a vast territory of unexplored genres: the cyclic distorted magma of Mugik Churn, the grotesque industrial pantomime of Aggro Vault, the fibrillating and droning multi-layered soundscape of Sweet Spraint, and the chaotic accumulation of aural events of Radial Hermaphrodite.

Further confusing the ASC program, Plug Music Ramoon (Dancing Wayang, 2009) and Psychic Smog 1-7 (Qbico, 2009) instead indulged in the old-fashioned Neil Campbell droning sound. Neil Campbell also collaborated with French musician High Wolf as Iibiis Rouge on Iibiis Rouge (Dekorder, 2011) and Hespherides (Weird Forest, 2012).

The Radiant Mirror (2007), The Four Aims (VHF, 2009), The Chocolate Cities (2009), and You'll Never Work In This Town Again (2010), were visceral collaborations between Michael Flower and drummer Chris Corsano.

Mick Flower and Adam Davenport hired John Moloney of Sunburned Hand Of The Man and John Godbert of Total for a new trilogy, each part highlighted by a lengthy piece: Joka Baya (Black) (VHF, 2010), with the psychedelic raga Rag Alap IV, The Secret Base (VHF, 2010), with the shamanic folk dirge Eyes Of Wood, and Smoke Song (VHF, 2010), with the propulsive space-rock jam Get It Got It Good.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Andrea Marengo)

I Vibracathedral Orchestra adottarono finalmente sonorità più professionali su Tuning To The Rooster (Important, 2005), registrato in uno studio autentico con un autentico produttore. Tutte le tracce vennero già pubblicate in precedenza, ma presentarono in questo album la loro forma definitiva. La vetta dell'album sono i diciassette minuti di Clothes Of Ashesh. 

Dopo Ragged & Right (Hot Boots, 2006), pubblicato in edizione limitata e l'LP The Sun Balance/The Open Knot (Qbico, 2006), i Vibracathedral Orchestra riscoprirono il loro caos free-form su Wisdom Thunderbolt (VHF, 2007), che aggiungeva il batterista Chris Corsano, Matthew Bower degli Skullflower e dei Sunroof, Pete Nolan dei Magik Markers e John Godbert degli Skullflower al nucleo del gruppo di Neil Campbell, Mick Flower, Bridgen Hayden e Adam Davenport, migliorando così l'abilità del gruppo nell'unire i sintetizzatori ai corni (i dodici minuti cosmici di Rainbow Whirlwind). 

Michael Flower debuttò come solista su Returning To Knowing Nothnig (Qbico, 2007), che rievocava il minimalismo droning di LaMonte Young.

Astral Social Club è il progetto "disco" di Neil Campbell, che pubblicava motivetti dance come quelli contenuti su Monster Mittens (Dirty Knobby, 2008). Le prime produzioni complete vennero pubblicate in una serie di sedici album, più tardi raccolti in due soli volumi: #1-7 e #8-16 (2008). La musica spazia da una forma freak di drone-folk al rumore free-form. #18 (2009) e #19 (2009) raccolgono esibizioni dal vivo.

Neon Pibroch (Important, 2007) e Super Grease (Important, 2007) ritornavano ai raga diradati dei Vibracathedral Orchestra.

Octuplex (VHF, 2009), degli Astral Social Club, segnò un più serio mutamento stilistico del progetto. Questo tour de force completamente elettronico è un selvaggio repertorio di techno psichedelica (Caustic Roe) e musica concreta cibernautica (gli otto minuti di Pilgrim Sunbrst Muscle Adductor, Hot Toxer). Tra le tracce giace un'enorme distesa di generi inesplorati: il magma ciclico e distorto di Mugik Churn, la grottesca pantomima industriale di Aggro Vault, il paesaggio sonoro droning fibrillante e sfaccettato di Sweet Spraint e l'addensamento caotico di eventi aurali di Radial Hermaphrodite. Caustic Roe, Pilgrim Sunburst Muscle Adductor e Hot Toxer sono le "hit" dell'album.

Confondendo ulteriormente il programma degli ASC, Plug Music Ramoon (Dancing Wayang, 2009) e Psychic Smog 1-7 (Qbico, 2009) esploravano piuttosto le sonorità vecchia maniera di Neil Campbell, che collaborò anche con il francese High Wolf, con il nome d'arte Iibiis Rouge su Iibiis Rouge (Dekorder, 2011) ed Hespherides (Weird Forest, 2012).

The Radiant Mirror (2007), The Four Aims (Vhf, 2009), The Chocolate Cities (2009) e You'll Never Work In This Town Again (2010) erano collaborazioni viscerali tra Michael FLower ed il batterista Chris Corsano.

Mick FLower e Adam Davenport arruolarono John Moloney dei Sunburned Hand Of The Man e John Godbert dei Total per realizzare una nuova trilogia, della quale ciascuna parte viene messa in risalto da una lunga traccia: Joka Baya (Black) (VHF, 2010), con il raga psichedelico di Rap Alan IV, The Secret Base (VHF, 2010), con la nenia folk sciamanica di Eyes of Wood e Smoke Gong (VHF, 2010), con la propulsiva jam space-rock di Get It Got It Good.

Trojandropper (Zum, 2012) was a collaboration between Neil Campbell and Robert Horton, including some electronic dance. (Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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