Réalisation de la couverture du Vinyl "Terrence Dixon - Room310"
Terrence Dixon - Room310 / Upperground Orchestra Remixes
A distinctly cosmic theme runs through Terrence Dixon’s new outing for meakusma. The two original tracks are two deep space jams with and from a Detroit mindset, the remixes on the flipside by Upperground Orchestra take the ’Room 310’ track into deep jazz territory. The original ’Room 310’ has one filtered and repetitive synth melody at its core, Dixon’s own voice marking a conflict between the reality of everyday life and the expanded reality of what he sees in the sky. The few poignant sounds around the center of the track filter in and out of focus, creating a melodic counterpart that on the one hand enhances the track and on the other hand makes it reflect upon itself. ’Who is That’ explores the same territory. Equally repetitive, it sounds a bit more earthed, at once ironic only to blast beyond the rings of Saturn a moment later.
The Upperground Orchestra remixes function in a different way, but aim to arrive at the same goal. Ra.H’s jazz ensemble from Venice Italy re-interprets the track, but stays true to it’s intentions. In fact, the two remixes function as one whole track, taking up 15 minutes. Continually changing and evolving, the track features off-key synth stabs on the Polysix (in true Detroit tradition), double-bass played by Seggi and a techno-y vibraphone played by Pasquale Mirra contributing melodic as well as rhythmical stabs. Tommaso Cappellato’s gentle background drumming flows over the TR808. All this conjures up a 70’s jazz feel that fits Dixon’s albeit jazzy Detroit wanderings like a glove. Seemingly organic, the whole atmosphere in this jazz rework is equally cosmic and ’far out’ as in the original tracks. Part two sees more live drumming step into the foreground. Here a feeling of the musicians jamming prevails, but still all musical information always nods back to the synthetic and only when the last note has been played, the voyage is over and the universe conquered. Cosmic insanity !
Upperground Orchestra appears courtesy of Morphine Records,Italy.
Recorded at Elefante Rosso, Venezia
Rabih Beaini : Electronica, Synths, Programming
Tommaso Cappellato : Drums, Percussions
Alvise Seggi : Double Bass
Max Bustreo : Keys
Pasquale Mirra : Vibes
Executive producer : Rabih Beaini
Picture by Michel Cleempoel