Chiasmata by Ian Boddy

Ian Boddy


10 tracks

Running time: 1:09:15
Released: 03/2004

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  01   Gravity Well - 3:83
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  02   Dark Matter - 4:36
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  03   Ecliptic - 7:28
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  04   Lightfall - 4:58
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  05   Nucleotide - 11:27
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  06   The Mystic - 8:21
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  07   Chiasmata - 8:01
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  08   Kinaesthesia - 9:48
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  09   Still Point - 4:14
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  10   Mechanic Organic - 5:59
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“Chiasmata” was recorded during Boddy’s concert at the planetarium of the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK on 1st November 2003. Boddy has, in the past, often used concert appearances as a testing ground for material that would then see a full studio re-working before release. Indeed this was the original intention with this concert but on listening to the tapes in the post-concert calm of his studio it became apparent that this material had really worked well in the concert environment. There was passion and delicacy in equal measure and a sonic construction to the semi-improvised set that would be next to impossible to recreate in the hard, cold glare of the studio spot-lights.

The music on “Chaismata” spans over 10 tracks with a total running time of 68:46. The first 9 tracks form a continuous suite of music, the last track being the encore piece from the performance. One of the main hopes that Boddy had when he formed the DiN label in 1999 was to provide a melting pot for several areas of electronic music to cohabit and intermix. Many have seen it as the perfect environment for the marriage of early Teutonic/space music styles with more modern forms of electronica. “Chiasmata” is a perfect example of this and shows just how comfortably Boddy has absorbed these influences to create a confident assemblage of sonic genres interlaced with his own virtuosic sound design. The music ranges from deep space ambience through chilled out analogue grooves by way of classical orchestrations and Berlin school sequencing to intimate solo piano improvisations. The main suite of music seamlessly blends all these elements into a continuous set that ebbs and flows with the assured touch that Boddy brings to bear on his concert appearances. A skill he has developed with over 80 concert appearances spanning 23 years of playing “electronic music”.

Performed on :
Ableton Live
Akai Z8 sampler
Akai MPD16 MIDI pad controller
Apple G4 Powerbook
Doepfer Drehbank MIDI controller
Kurzweil K2000
Lexicon PCM80 Reverb
Roland JP8000
Sony R7 Reverb
Zero-G Morphology samples

All tracks composed by Ian Boddy except Lightfall by Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter and Mechanic Organic by Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wöstheinrich.
Recorded during a concert in the planetarium of the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK on 01/11/03.
Post production by Ian Boddy, February 2004.

Thanks to :
Dave Law @ SMD for concert organisation
Tony Sawford for live audience recording
Markus Reuter for Warr guitar loop on The Mystic
Nigel Mullaney for vocal samples on Kinaesthesia
Jo for biologival track titles.

Artwork : Thomas Loschen
Design :

Ian Boddy goes beyond the panoramic on his live album Chiasmata , a concert recording of his November 2003 performance at the planetarium of Leicester's National Space Centre. The music on Chiasmata was created live beneath a night sky of spinning spheres, comet trails and intense stellar phenomenon, all projections on the dome of the planetarium. At such places, music and visuals combine to provide audiences with some of the most compelling space & music experiences possible. The concert opens with churning clouds of cosmic debris slowly settling into a sonorous expanse of atonal synth modulations and free-form galactic eruptions. These abstract aural expressions are an attempt to put into understandable form, the infinite scale and vastness of the universe. Boddy's personal sonic revelations are excellent (and as valid as any lecture or text attempting to define that which is infinite). Out of this weightlessness rises the track "Ecliptic" (originally from the album Aurora ). The piece's fascination rests in its relaxed rather than robotic phrasing. Here Boddy draws on his roots in classic spacemusic while embracing the vernacular of ambient chill. Throughout the concert, Boddy alternately widens and contracts the scope of his work with wonderful transitions and imaginative musical scenarios - drawing us in and then moving on. The soft edges of drifting amorphous forms and figures contrast the rhythmic lattices of electronic blips and bleeps. From stillness and absence of motion to activity and order, his music gently swings back and forth between dynamism and contemplation. According to Boddy, celestial mechanics has a backbeat. The smart grooves and interlocking arpeggiations within his more active and energetic pieces develop incrementally, steadily advancing and expanding, and act as a reminder for us to slip back into our bodies and feel the pulse and beat of the music mix with our own. Astronomy has learned nearly all of what it knows from light. Through sound, and our vivid imaginations, Boddy and his audience endeavor to move out across the dark distances of space - to visit places no human has ever been.

- Chuck van Zyl / STAR'S END 11 March 2004