Daniel Biro & Rob Palmer 'The Long Journey Home' (CD)

Daniel Biro & Rob Palmer 'The Long Journey Home' (CD)

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Daniel Biro: Fender Rhodes electric piano, loops, effects
Rob Palmer: electric guitar, loops, lots of effects

Ambient music with teeth! 

Daniel Biro returns with a collaboration with guitarist Rob Palmer. As on other releases, he continues his exploration of the Fender Rhodes electric piano which is here augmented by Palmer’s heavily treated guitar loops and soundscapes.

Bournemouth-based Palmer is a key player on the South-England experimental scene and has had long-term performance and recording collaborations with saxophonist Jon Lloyd (Hat Hut) and violinist Philipp Wachsmann (ECM). Over the years, Palmer has developed his unique style of guitar treatments and real-time loop effects.

Despite being friends for a many years, Palmer and Biro had never played together before this recording. When the time finally came for them to ‘do something’, they decided to record their very first ever improvised musical encounter 'live' in the studio. No plan. No pre-discussed ideas. All options open. This led to three hours of recorded material which was then edited down to one continuous 50 min piece. No other effects or treatments were added.

The music born out of this experience is a slow-moving, ever-changing ambient landscape where both instruments melt into each other, creating suspended layers of loops and colours. Although divided into 6 parts, the piece is meant to be heard as one uninterrupted flow. A sometimes disquieting journey to a faraway home. 

Released February 1, 2004