Label: Elevator Bath
** 515 copies ** Here, finally, is the gorgeous presentation that astronomy domine Rick Reed's music so richly deserves: Two black vinyl LPs, pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl, with full-color labels, inside black poly-lined sleeves, housed in a matte-finish full-color gatefold jacket adorned with Reed's vibrant and fantastically evocative paintings. Included with each copy of this set is a full-color download card featuring access to high-quality MP3s of the complete contents of the vinyl records. This package has been issued in an edition of 515 copies.
Welcome to an atmospheric realm of blurred synth drones, textural shortwave radio, and vivid sine waves. Welcome to the highly individual sonic world of Rick Reed. For around 25 years now Reed has been toiling away, composing, performing, and fine-tuning his craft of very personal and powerful electronic meditation. And his expertise is plainly evident. His is incredibly engaging music with an almost physical presence. Reed's level of mastery is virtually unparalleled - it seems that no one else can combine these elements with quite the same finesse, with the same ear for arrangement, or with the same sense of purpose.
If Rick Reed's is not yet a household name it is likely due to his relatively slim body of work. The Way Things Go, then, is an attempt at resolving this issue, for here are 83 worthy minutes of top-shelf electronic tonalities. The Way Things Go covers a span of nearly ten years of work, and yet the material flows very naturally from one piece to the next. Yes, the evolution of technique is on display here, but Reed found his voice some years ago and his stylistic development has therefore been suitably subtle and deliberate. This is the work of a composer who is extraordinarily familiar with the sounds at his disposal and whose editorial skills are equally honed.
In addition to his solo work, Rick Reed has participated in a number of productive collaborations over the years with Keith Rowe, Jgrzinich (in Frequency Curtain), the Abrasion Ensemble, and SIRSIT, among others. He currently resides in Austin.
All tracks recorded and produced by Rick Reed: Mesmerism (2008), Capitalism: Child Labor (from the soundtrack of Ken Jacobs' film of the same title (2005)), Celestial Mudpie (2007), Hidden Voices Pt. 1 (2001), In a Hazy Field of Gray and Green (2003), The Way Things Go (2010)
Comes with card for high quality MP3 download of all tracks on this set.
Pressed on 180 gram vinyl in an edition of 515.