There is a tribal element to Arc's 2 long suites that feel somewhat like being stoned in Cologne in 1971. The trios of Aidan Baker, Christopher Kukiel, and Richard Baker return to the quiet with hushed tribal timbres, however, these ambiences are riveting in a way that that other ambiences are not, probably because the group does not think with an ambient attitude. This is the sound of mining midnight. In a universe where experimentalism is often just a nice way of saying "boring," hearing seasoned musicians actually craft something interesting sans computers is like having an orgasm. There really is no compare, except for maybe sneezing, which is Merzbow's department. Vinyl editions of 400 with the subscriber editions limited to 150 copies on 180 gram vinyl and custom made book bound sleeves and signed and numbered certificate.
DRONE COMPENDIUM IS A NEW SERIES CURATED BY AND INVOLVING AIDAN BAKER WITH SEVEN LP RELEASES: AIDAN BAKER, ARC, MNEMOSYNE, AIDAN BAKER/THOMAS BAKER/ALAN BLOOR, WHISPER ROOM, ADORAN AND NADJA. ONE - SIX WILL BE ISSUED INDIVIDUALLY AS LP AND DIGITAL DOWNLOADS AND THE NADJA ALBUM AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS OF THE SERIES.
mt249 Aidan Baker "Pure Drone" (Drone Compendium One) LP
mt250 ARC "Somewhere There" (Drone Compendium Two) LP
mt251 Mnemosyne "The Air Grows Small Fingers" (Drone Compendium Three) LP
mt252 Aidan Baker/Thomas Baker/Alan Bloor "Terza Rima II" (Drone Compendium Four) LP
mt253 Whisper Room "Longjing" (Drone Compendium Five) LP
mt254 Adoran "Egregore" (Drone Compendium Six) LP
mt255 Nadja "Stripped" (Drone Compendium Seven) LP
ARC Somewhere There
A - Some/Where B - Else/There
Aidan Baker: electric guitar
Richard Baker: drums
Christopher Kukiel: percussion
Recorded live 02/02/2010 at Somewhere There in Toronto, Canada. ARTWORK BY AIDAN BAKER. DESIGN & LAYOUT BY CHRIS. © Ah Syd Music 2011 aidanbaker.org/arc