Music: Floating Spectrum – A Point Between (Temporary Residence Ltd, 2019)

Berlin based composer and audio technologist, Mei-Fang Liau alias Floating Spectrum debuts on Temporary Residence. The Taiwan-born artists creates their own intimate world. Combined with synthesizers, everyday household objects and unique software loops made by Liau herself, „A Point Between“ truly sounds like a vision.

Originally inspired by a dance performance for which Mei-Lang Liau created the audio works. It was about the recurring cycles of nature, how life emerges, flourishes and eventually decays and metaphorically, how human emotions are associated with these ever-changing phases. That performance builds the roots of „A Point Between“. To create this kind of album Mei-Fang Liau relied on a self-made, fractal-inspired software synthesizer called Polyphylla, which simulats the way in which nature creates very complex and organic forms. „A Point Between“ starts with „The Early Green Outburst“ a surreal minded intro track. This kind of atmosphere was also catched by the second track „Rising Tide, Nourished Soil“, with a bit more space. It sounds like an entry to another world. One of the two album highlights is the immersive „Inner Island“. It sounds like a scream you can‘t ignore when you listening to it. The other one is „Falling Apart On The Dreary Field“ a dreamy, pulsing and intimate track. The lone outliner is „Eruption“, for which Liau build a generative sound system that turns visual data into sound. In this hybrid sound system, sensitively fluctuating analog signals, fine tuned data analysis, and human intuition perform together as one coherent living being. „A Point Between“ is the ability to collect and shape such abstract sonic organisms into richly textured, immersive works of art. Such an uncanny work of emotional depth.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Dominik Scheuring

I'm living and working in Hamburg, Germany. My interests are all about music, movies, and traveling. I also do some typical sport activities like fitness, running and swimming.

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