Records - A Review by
Dec. 27, 02
Indium is a soft viscid semi-metal, dissipated and scarce, perfectly reflective
in all parts of the color spectrum. "Indium" has migrated into the name of
the musical label created by Richard Bone that's specialized in ambient music.
And just recently indium has been materialized at "Electroshock Records"
studio in the form of an eponymous album of the American composer, a work
which is expressive, rich in sonic hooks and with adjusted melodics.
The "Indium" brings in the tranquility, although concealed by the
seemingly static character and serenity is the flowing, changeable and the
ever dynamically moving world. It is no artificial harmonic facade for the
elemental interior, born by the creator's caprice. Not the impassive mask,
hiding the dramatics and uncertainty of the world's confusion. The sound
is a natural conclusion of multi-level and multi-directional processes, and
it puts in order and imposes logic on the formless states of universal
The aesthetic part of Bone's creative work is a separate topic. His music
is held together, spiritualized and made alive and independent of the caprice
of time not by the aesthetics as such and not by the process of self-sufficing
admiring. The music is born from the deeply intimate, personal feelings of
the musician, uniting in one single organism the whole century-old experience
of the humankind, cosmic intuition as well as earthly substance, hence the
universal prime attitude that fills the compositions. The ungrained diamond
of the unbelievable purity obtained via long and thorough search and processed
in a filigree way is presented to the listener as the transfigurated image
of a finished piece of art. The aesthetic principle is part of the being
and the beauty lies in the deepest essence of the Universe, the role of a
composer being its purification from everything that's fussy. The beauty
is surfacing from within, it is dictated by the natural universal order.
The delicate ability of hearing the world has allowed Richard Bone to realize
this beauty in his music.
Either these are Chinese bells, or the voices of ancient rituals, or the
wind licking the surface of the steppe, something elusive doesn't let up
for a moment when listening to this album. Refrain from any verbal or mental
interpretations as they can destroy the delicate mystic of the music. Follow
the sound, dissolve in it and drift with its peaceful flow. Experience the
total calm, the unpredictability of currents, whirlpools and chutes.