One is struck upon repeated listenings with how very musical these pieces are. Everything has complexed pitched relations with everything else, and the timbral contrasts and confluences make for near symphonic chamber resonances.
Tod has always been a master of transformations. In the end each sound complex defies simple reduction to a set of sources, just like a finished score in performance, when of a high caliber, speaks wholly and timelessly without concern for the real-time creation of each vertical or horizontal phrase.
You accept it as each a one and each a complete sonic utterance, even though Dockstader might well have applied additional combinatory logics on what we have as the whole.
The richness of extraordinary sound takes over your listening consciousness with vivid and continuous sound imagery that in the end maintains a poetic totality. Wonderful music, this.
Tom Steenland and his Starkland label are celebrating their 25th year as a continuously active presence, a bellwether for what directions new music has taken over these epochal times. Tom himself has notched 40 years on his belt as producer of new music, so it is a double-milestone year.
Like the purveyor of a cutting-edge art gallery, Tom has had an enormous influence on what we recognize as new and pathbreaking. Sample his extensive catalog and worlds will open unto you!
We salute the Starkland label on their 25th, and Tom himself on his 40th!