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Dave Schoepke

Tessellated Resonance

Review by Gary Hill

This is the second set from Dave Schoepke that I've reviewed. Like that one, I've landed this under the progressive rock heading because of the experimental nature of it. "Tessellated Resonance," like it's predecessor is performed entirely on drums. I have to say that I think the previous set is more effective. The pieces on that one felt more "song-like," while these come across more as drum showcases. I guess that means this is even more a drummers type release, and less for people like me. Still, there is plenty of merit here. I have to say that the track by track on something like this is a real challenge.

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Track by Track Review
Earth Calls
Kettle-type drums are on the menu here. This piece is trippy and (at just under a minute-and-a-half) fairly short.
Voices Welcome
An almost tribal edge is a big part of this. It has some solid movement and change.
Hartundi
This groove makes me think of John Bonham to some degree.
Loom Fixer
This percussive workout has a jazzy sort of vibe to it.
Nemophilist
Opening with birds and the sound of a nature, a single drum rises up from there. Eventually more drumming joins.
Shorn
Just over a minute-and-a-half, this has some tasty rhythmic jamming. .
Sounds After Life
Somehow this has an almost trippy kind of vibe to it.
Air Above
The rhythmic groove that makes this up is classy.
Currents
There is a bit of a vibe of currents of sound to this number. This is an extended piece that goes through some real changes. It's another that makes me think of Bonham to some degree.
Beyond The Slanting Surfaces
Dramatic drumming is the order of business here.
The Churning Void
Not a huge change, this works pretty well.
 
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