When we talk about menacing, intense and gloomy ambient music, the output of the German project [‘ramp] has always something special to offer. In this case it’s a live-set Stephen Parsick and Frank Makowski played at the German Emil EM festival 2003, accomplished under very hard circumstances (which also lead to a substandard audio quality with quite a bit of glitch, crackle and distortion).
The four lengthy tracks featured here all spread a foreboding shadow of darkness while the atmosphere grows more dramatic and claustrophobic with each piece. While a tapestry of dense textures and loops morphs onward, Stephen adds some tasty grand piano on the first takes occasionally. A real sonic assault along a descent into eerie spheres though unfolds on “Slow Deaths”, which contains the rhythmsequenz Mr Parsick was able to compose on Mark Shreeve’s big Moog IIIc.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the [‘ramp] artist page