Algonquin, IL - Through the Lens of the Other Dimension is an evocative work, highly cinematic, heart-felt and softer than more recent works by eclectic music ensemble Random Touch. 2007s Alchemy is the previous release it most strongly resembles. The sixteen succinct pieces are like poetic soundtracks for various films. Titles such as Burglars on Tiptoe and Morning Rain are typical and lend an air of the visual and the contemplative to the sound and arc of the individual tracks.
In a sense, what we are doing is the musical equivalent of channeling. At times it is simply a sheet of aluminum that is being channeled, at others a demon within that is exorcised through my stream of consciousness vocals, or it may be something much bigger and beyond me that seems to inhabit an unknown dimension. - Christopher Brown, drummer/vocalist
Although the music will betray expectations again and again, there is a quiet confidence that asks not for affirmation, but is invitational and open, asking only that the listener abandon preconceptions and experience the ride.
Layers of sound become music. Our structures evolve and the listener also evolves. Each piece will conform to a meaning that is highly individualized. Every sound or noise is an important moment. The music can be extremely intense, or just so simple that it induces a dream-like state. When performing it feels like an unknown cosmic wave has entered our space. It allows the three of us a freedom of expression which is completely indescribable." - James Day, keyboardist
During the band members' teenage years their musical heritage expanded to include electric Miles Davis, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Frank Zappa, Roxy Music, Charles Ives, Gyorgy Ligeti, Bela Bartok, Harry Partch and a whole raft of iconoclasts and trail blazers that are too numerous to mention. Scott Hamill (guitar), James Day (keyboards) and Christopher Brown (drums/vocals) attended the same high school and even now live in close proximity. Rock bands, a high school rock opera, and numerous multi-media events preceded the formation of Random Touch. The downturn in the arts and music in the late 1970s set the stage for a nineteen year period of experimentation and play away from the public eye, which in turn set the stage for the thirteen volumes that bring us to the year 2010. Each of these volumes and their individual tracks differ dynamically from one another, a reflection of the invitational and open approach that is the hallmark of this groups oeuvre.