String Theory in Action with Random Touch's "Reverberating Apparatus"
Algonquin, ILReverberating Apparatus, the groups' fourteenth release, is dominated by a revisit to the fusion of their teenage years, heard through the lens of four decades of musical exploration.
String Theory suggests a universe comprised of music, of vibration itself. And serendipity seems a natural outcome of quantum mechanics. If there are eleven dimensions as M Theory proposes, then four or more of them play a role in the uncompromising and naked improvisation of this remarkable and serendipitous group.
To know the mechanics of the wave is to know the entire secret of nature." Walter Russell
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 that is completely indescribable."James Day, keyboardist
Despite our state of the art equipment, the most revolutionary event in the studio was the purchase of -29 db isolation headphones. Before this the acoustic sound of my drums could be heard, with the result that I had to hold back on my volume. With this album that is no longer the case."Christopher Brown, drummer/vocalist
During the band members' teenage years their musical heritage expanded to include electric Miles Davis, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Frank Zappa, Roxy Music, Weather Report, Charles Ives, 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 fourteen 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 group's oeuvre.
Reverberating Apparatus will be available at CDBaby.com and randomtouch.com beginning October 15, 2010.