*150 copies limited release* "Music Of Transparent Means has always struck me as a particularly rock-reverent kind of minimalism, as though Alex Carpenter has removed all the excess baggage that rock has picked up over the decades and focused on its most important aspects: noise and intensity, energy and mayhem. There is, of course, a great tradition of rock minimalism, from the Velvet Underground through AC/DC to Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, on into Band Of Susans, Spacemen 3 and Loop, but Alex’s music is curious for the way it flips the script on those examples and gives us an altogether different take on the intersection of these two forces.
You can hear the ‘elegant chaos’ of Alex’s compositions throughout this second archival release by the ensemble, which is filled with music that’s both seriously beautiful and deliriously serious. If the first MOTM release on De la Catessen gave an extended view into Alex’s work, with one long piece per side, here we have excerpts from performances throughout the years, allowing a more expansive take on both process and outcome. What strikes me, listening to this music, is the way that Alex indeed allows chaos to take its own non-form, to coalesce and congeal into huge, abraded blocks of sound, to allow the meeting of musicians, many from different walks of life, to morph into one throbbing brain at the centre of the sonorous universe." - John Dale
Recordings originally released on Vanished Records ℗ & © Alex Carpenter, 2004
Re-issued under licence
Recorded by Alex Carpenter and Russell Goodwin except Second Presencing by Alex, Russell, and Tom Szucs
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi 2021
Design by Sam Songailo
Cover image from Boëthius’s De institutione musica, Kantonsbibliothek Vadiana St.Gallen, VadSlg der Ortsbürgergemeinde, MS VadSlg. 296, fol. 96r