Ernie Althoff “The Last Machines” CD




Melbourne instrument builder/sound artist’s latest in a long run of explorations of kinetic sound sculptures. Here were have classic Althoff combinations of subtle textures and percussion machines overlaid to create pristine listening experiences, expertly recorded with each sound source crystal clear as always. The liner notes detail how the machines were made, with Althoff telling of finding many of the materials on construction site rubbish dumps, as well as discussing his own personal connection and interest to these sounds.

Are these the last of his kinetic machine experiments, and/or does a new direction lay ahead of this constantly curious artist and composer? Time will tell.