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Long out of print now, an awesome CD by Terry Fox "Apparently (reading between the lines of the cover notes) Terry Fox is of that breed of sound artist that refuses to get into technology, and instead seeks out other ways of making sound that feels electronic or unreal. As such, it is hard to believe that 'Ataraxia' is all totally acoustic, with no electronic manipulation. It sounds as though tape loops, echo and reverb devices are used on most numbers, but what he uses instead are long wires, pieces of metal, cans and the like, amounting to vividly amplified acoustic sound that often defies description. Each of the six tracks explores a different sound environment. The opening 'Suono Interno' explores the sonic possibilities of two 150 foot long piano wires stretched the length of a church, and 'Rallentando' has a piano wire across a stage and three cellists. These are interesting at under 5 minutes each. Hereafter the duration increases: 'Lunar Rambles' using bowed metallic objects is nice in a dark ambient way, and 'Culvert' (an extract from a day-long sound experiment) extrapolated from objects placed in a flowing river sounds electroacustic... The two "Berlin Attic Wire" tracks that follow, however, exhaust (this listener at least) to the point of tedium, proving that just plucking or bowing a wire isn't enough, some sort of developed or structural approach is needed to make it interesting. As 'a seminal figure in performance and installation art' Terry Fox's sonic creations don't really transfer to the album format that well. He's a performer not a composer, so this should really be judged as an archival example of his work, and not a proper album. Well, that's how I see it."
from: Audion #43 (UK), Autumn 2000 - by: Alan Freeman