f5point6 – The Shuttle Leaves at Midnight – See Blue Audio

Art for me is sometimes about what happens next. Not so much what you see in a given moment captured but what story unfolds in the next frame. The unseen, the unknown. Whether that is getting lost inside a conceived picture or photograph or being subsumed by pieces of music it remains about the excitement of creative, future thinking. Not slightly sad nostalgic reflection. So welcome back R. Cleveland Aaron with his next chapter of works coupling the suggestive depth of the cover Art together with fragments and impressions left in the wake of further sonic explorations. Remaining true to organic form while of course tantalising you with the unexpected via a whir of electricity pulsing with abundant emotion. If you listen closely enough you can hear the voices talking to you.

The Shuttle Leaves at Midnight escapes the stranglehold of the recent past in a blur. You also get the idea that a more utopian/ dystopian vision is being sought, one that encompasses a sense of sci-fi dreaming amid a breathless wonder of the human spirit. Midnight expressed.

Release: November 26



f5point6 – KaleidoSound Time, Shape & Space Vol. 1 – See Blue Audio

Listening to KaleidoSound is like watching time and space unravel into the ether of expectation. A strangely beguiling yet wonderful explanation of the fusion of particles floating, charging throughout the airwaves as elements reach into the darkness, grasping at the light, acting very much like the damaged reflection of this year. That holy/ unholy alliance is all the more evident on this latest selection of pieces evoked from the mind of R. Cleveland Aaron, who again hints that he may be in possession of some knowledge which the rest of us don’t. I’ll avoid the word cinematic as this isn’t. It is much more picturesque that that, much more blissfully explosive. Much more in a place of its own definition, breathing outside of most else classified loosely as Ambience, or that music which revolves around the sound of itself. Listen to the exquisite Tetrahedron of Forever (co-created with producer Elliott Ferguson) and its temptation of undulating rhythms generated greedily by emotionally intense electronics, leaving you to dangle somewhere in-between joy and pain, while its final breath of synthesized sound is further realised as a brutally exciting experience. Equally this is about divergence too and there is a homely, serene feel like warm water to Gradualism. Next, the pulse of drumming (Detroit traversing Düsseldorf) ads yet another piece of the jigsaw on this occasion to Hexapod. And by the time you end up at the completing Where to Next you are left with you are left with a complexity of questions answered.

Release: December 11

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f5point6 – KaleidoSound: Time, Space & Frequencies Vol. 2 – See Blue Audio

I was listening to a discussion on the nature of Art and it was said that artists reflect the times around them. I think creators of note do, while others repeat the past under the guise of authenticity. I want to listen to music that informs emotionally, sonically and politically – the personal is political, or is that the other way round. R. Cleveland Aaron’s latest collection of sounds and ideas do all three by enhancing the blue in the sky outside, just as much as they compress space to be viewed through the lens of an inner soul. The concept began by Volume one is now furthered on the location of this second release, guided by a series of intermissions before each setting is explored via the breadth of detail. Perhaps most intriguing of all is Stella Marina which remodels the flair of drums into another world of music. Followed by the free flow of improvisational [Outro – The Beginning and the End] which is likewise uniquely precise and supremely captivating.

Release: September 25

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KaleidoSound: An Introduction by f5point6 – See Blue Audio

Hit play and R. Cleveland Aaron’s magical notation invigorates what you will hear as worlds collide and gently explode. The ambience at work here is not the breathy, washing over you in the background kind, but is fully engaging in strange and remarkably exciting ways. Otherworldly melodies are played with at times, sometimes beautiful notes are explored too such as on the stunning Altocumulus. At others an almost oriental channelling occurs, or is that the grainy, improvisational echo of freeform jazz in the distance? The treatment of sound twists around the stereo in forward-thinking ways which are never far from emotionally challenging/ rewarding in equal measure. Perhaps the proof is found in the concluding hot crackle of Sun Fire with its undulating keys which are both wholly precise, yet madly expansive: tearing at edges, speaking intelligent language in new forms.

Release: April 24