the place we began
John Luther Adams
Cold Blue Records
John Luther Adams is a great underappreciated composer, who has written music of enormous beauty and sophistication while staying true to his roots as an outsider. This latest album actually presents electronic music that was composed in the 70′s by Adams, and he only recently revisted his original reel-to-reel tapes and created soundscapes based upon them. This is what one hears on this new release, and it’s some really great stuff. There are four pieces total, at least three of which are extremely compelling (the only one that didn’t grab me was the third piece entitled in the rain, which reminded me too much of the sounds I listen to on a red eye flight in order to drown out background noise and let me get some sleep).
I really like this album, and anyone who either appreciates Adams’ unique compositional gift or likes soothing electronic music will also gravitate to this CD.