Artist: Stimulus
Title: A Motion Signal
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records
Format: CD
Catalog #: mt001b
Condition: new
Price: $10.00

Tracklist Samples
1 Inertia
2 Sporadic Irregularity
3 Concrete Bridge To Void
4 Setting Moods For Sending Information
5 The Interactive Alien Disco
6 Mirrored Ages
7 Momentum


"A tight knit hybrid of experimental and progressive music. Repetitious tonalities (croaking textures, tempered guitars, sparse, resonant bass) drive Inertia, into a sand blasted piano denouement, introducing one to the taut, kinesthetic dynamics utilized by Stimulus. Each track is constructed around repetitious cadences upon which disparate textures twitch and spasm. The muffled, steel wool scrubbed, looped rhythmic impetus of the hypnotic Concrete Bridge To Void is shattered as agitated streaks of fluorescent light hover and screech like flaming electronic pterodactyls. Though they utilize a love of "Nurse With Wound, '70's Italian Prog, Iron Maiden & field recordings" as inspiration, Stimulus move well beyond, exploring sonic territories uniquely their own." Alternative Press

-From Aural Innovations #18 (January 2002) A British trio, I don't have much info on Stimulus or its members, but they have a large number of releases that seem to date back to 1996. Instrumentation includes piano, guitar, drums, drum machine, violin, cymbal, tape machine, sampler, synthesizer, sequencer, effects, and other miscellaneous gear. A simplistic description of the music would be space ambient, but there are various experimental, psychedelic, and progressive influences too, and loads of contrasting sounds and styles that Stimulus combine which make this an interesting and enjoyable album. "Inertia" opens the set with pulsating textures of various frequencies, looped bits, and slow sombre piano melodies. The space patterns tend to have a repetitive minimalist quality though the multiple parallel patterns develop steadily as the music progresses. It's all very peacefully melodic yet the space loops give the music a psychedelic edge as well. "Sporadic Irregularity" includes similar electronics but with a bit of a drum ‘n bass rhythmic slant. I'm quickly figuring out that these guys excel at layering electronic patterns that straddle the line between spaced psychedelia and experimental music. Venturing into somewhat different territory is "In The Interactive Alien Disco" which consists of spacey electronic prog rock with a Vangelis/Tangerine Dream/Synergy feel, but with a robotic electro dance beat and embellished by the freakier sounds that I'm getting accustomed to from Stimulus. Actually this reminds me of the Descent computer game theme. "Momentum" is a 17 minute, slowly developing ambient track that is somewhat similar to Alien Disco in that it has the dance beats, though here it's more of a drugged drum ‘n bass style. There's also traces of Tangerine Dream and Synergy, though Stimulus have carved out an interesting and appealing netherworld spot between space/ambient/progressive and more experimental minimalist electronica. The piano melody that gave such a haunting atmosphere to "Inertia" returns on "Setting Moods For Sending Information". Here it's accompanied by strange radio signals and trippy loops that loom in the background. The music again develops very slowly, like a ghostly chamber performance from some psychedelic spirit world. But there are also some moments of pure cosmic space that utilize synth sounds we've all heard before, but combine nicely with other patterns and textures that make for an interesting contrast. Another track worthy of mention is "Mirrored Ages", an ambient space tune with an industrial feel. Dark mechanical howlings and drones dominate, yet there's also a Celtic whistle playing a merry tune. Strange but captivating. Overall, an intriguing set that I was easily lost in. But there's also plenty of elusive details that reveal themselves with subsequent listens.

-Willamette Week: Rolf SemprebonStrange electronic noises drift in and out with relaxed, somber piano tones. At times quirky electro-rhythms throb and pulse through cosmic washes of mysterious sound. Just when you think you've got a track pegged, it warps out into something quite different. Like Zoviet-France and the more ambient sides of Coil and Nurse With Wound, Stimulus invents music that is both subdued and edgy--and not easy to classify. inertia sporadic irregularity setting moods for sending information mirrored ages momentum