Album Review : Virtual Gamelan - Lydia Ayers
Virtual Gamelan is a collection of sound explorations from Lydia Ayers. Spanning over 30 years of compositions and researches, the record gives various sound textures to its listener. The intricate combination of the composer’s background in technology, creative mind and broad knowledge of world music brings new kinds of music that few people can imagine. For an electronic composed music, elements in the album still sounded authentic rather than computed or artificial. The track ‘Pendopos’ combines bird chirps with synthesized gamelan, which brings an audio scenery of mountains in the morning time.
However, the natural sound throughout the album has large dissimilarity between each track. In ‘Tala Malika Jak’ and ‘Catjak’, listeners can clearly hear that the sound is artificial and heavily manipulated. This might be a deliberate demonstration of the composer to demonstrate her breadth of techniques. The 30 years long span between each track also might be taken to account for its dissimilarities of the naturalness of the sound.