Bill Thompson: Tripartite Collision (State Sanctioned Recordings SSRCD002 – ltd.200)

Second great release from home grown label belonging to Rob Hart aka Eaten By Children. Scotland based Thompson has been involved in ‘sonic art’ for ten years and has seen the inside of the BBC, Resonance FM and various. Here two contrasting live pieces demonstrate the slow build technique, similar to some of Hart’s work. The title track running in at 11.52 left me wanting more even though it is almost entirely made up of a (quality) underlying sub bass drone and a few contemplative high and mid range fizzes. The quality of the audio is something that is paramount here and the material contrasts with examples in the similar vein, which are in their plenty. I got more in the second track but this time a longer (32.19) and even more introspective, especially after a grand first phase of 17 minutes, leaving it on to attend to a visit from my mother found it as a background conducive to chat even though on the surface slightly ominous and unsettling. Stoners will like this (after your mother’s gone!) as there’s plenty of imagination and colour after the central section; a single, wavering drone of some six minutes where time disappears. So not to worry you pacey types (!) as (uber-gradually) sizzly, meditative friends join in again to the end warp-out, leaving ( in the silence which is now anything but, as a passing car freaks out my state) an awareness of the live molecules in everything…