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marsen jules - the endless change of colour (cd)


ARTIST // marsen jules
LABEL // 12k (us)
CAT // 12k1074cd


Though an ubiquitous reference point for nearly all ambient music, the influence of Brian Eno in both sound and approach hang particularly heavy around "The Endless Change of Colour." The hour long "Thursday Afternoon" and last year's "Lux" are clear precedents to Marsen Jules' first release on 12k as his 47 minute work floats, hovers, and hangs suspended in air while rarely ebbing in volume or density. Jules has made a name for himself in the past decade with several releases, most notably for City Centre Offices, that solidified him as an electronic composer who utilized instruments and samples to arrive at a sound that took on an air of stately classical music. Nearly all that has dissolved on "The Endless Change of Colour." No hints of melody or rhythm are reared as Jules focuses on pure tone, like a time stretched bell whose echo lingers into infinity. Ryan Potts, Experimedia
In our, boxed, on-demand world where accessibility and recallability rule we can often forget the importance of the unpredictable or the joy of true discovery. Our lives are increasingly shaped by systems and patterns; downloaded, linked, and stored, that help us live, tell us when to go outside and what we will find when we get there. The mystery of our every day slowly seeps out of our lives like photograph bled of its color by the sun. There are fewer questions and too many answers. The Endless Change Of Colour exists somewhere between our future and the mistakes and accidents we've made along the way. It is a celebration of both the system and the unexpected. Marsen Jules' latest work is a generative music piece upon a single phrase of an old jazz record split into three audio streams. These streams are transformed into loops which break the original instrumentation down into sound resembling pure waves, harmonics and overtones.These loops play to different time signatures to create phasing patterns that continuously move and dance around each other in a constantly-evolving lattice of sound. Despite it being based on a very strict and limited set of rules the music could, in theory, be endless and ever-changing. Here, the listener's discovery is a quiet and engaged one. Ripples and pulses set within a field of color that sometimes feels like water, sometimes like air and sometimes like glass. Electronic tones hum with warmth and the softness of slumber. The patterns are there, familiar to our modern ears, but they're not always what they seem. The wandering mind steers this one along more than the generative grid on which it was based and The Endless Change Of Colour becomes exactly as its title suggests.