Jeff Carney's sophomore effort for audioFile (1989) could not have been criticized were it to have remained in similar territory as the electronic wall of sound he had created on Imperfect Space Journeys. Instead, he created a more sparse, evolving tapestry of analog timbres. Using an exclusively vintage analog arsenal and recording live without overdubbing, Carney pushed forward with new ideas and uniquely developing sweeps of filter madness. The side-long "Questions (Unanswered)" is immensely innovative: the sounds are at once organic and of the earth, yet futuristic in their skyward drones and hypnotic hooks. Additional layers are gradually added, like a bubbling alien swarm tone that comes in successive falling surges, followed by cosmic whooshing and howling rushes of wind. The effect is simultaneously meditative and intense.
And live. As Carney said, "I was quite proud because I managed to essentially perform the entire composition without error. Just about every sound came in at the right level. Every part was performed without mistake. And nothing was adjusted or corrected. This was what happened on the spot."
The album was completely uninfluenced by the digital trends that were dominating the era, and stands as a landmark example of the uncompromising ethos adopted by many artists of the 1980's underground. Featuring an all new essay and interview with Jeff Carney by Jerry Kranitz (author of the "Cassette Culture" book and publisher for nearly two decades of Aural Innovations), this is the definitive reissue of Live Electronic Music.
- Vinyl LP
- 24bit/96kHz transfers taken from the original analog tapes
- Mastered for vinyl by legendary Krautrock musician and sound engineer Eroc
- Recorded live without overdubbing using exclusively vintage analog equipment
- 8-page LP-sized color insert booklet
- All new essay & interview with Jeff Carney by Jerry Kranitz
- Polybag instead of shrinkwrap
- Questions (Unanswered)
- ARP 2600 Improvisation
- Pensive Mood