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  Alting Falder I Samme Rum
  Sound in Silence  
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I am not 100% sure how putting the slash through the letter o changes it's pronunciation. Google tells that this is pronounced like the u in burn. So, uhh-juh-rum? Is that how this is pronounced?

Well, at any rate, øjeRum is Copenhagen-based musician and collage artist Paw Grabowski. Mr. Grabowski is hyper productive. His BandCamp page is FULL of releases -- i count 50 as i write this review, and that number has gone up lately. There is a lot of music from øjeRum, but it's pretty minimal, so i guess it is easy to do? i dunno... Maybe he needs more decaf or something.

At any rate, this release, at least, is good for what it is: gentle sounds designed to be listened to in the background of something. Good for keeping out the chatter and noise of office life. There are six tracks on Alting Falder I Samme Rumm, ranging between two and a half minutes long and sixteen minutes long.

Alting Falder I Samme Rum I is two layers, one tinkling and one of slow pulses of sound. This reminds me of Aphex Twin's SAW II, as does Alting Falder I Samme Rum III.

The song in between those two, Alting Falder I Samme Rum II is really a two and a half minute interlude that sounds like humpback whale songs: echoing long sounds, some deep, sliding against each other. Which is cool. I remember listening to those recordings back in the ... well, before most of you whipper-snappers were born anyway, and i was but a young PostLibyan. So it's good to hear that kind of thing still echoing.

There are three more songs on this release. Part IV is a faintly echoing, barely there sort of song. However, part V is the one stumble here. Grabowski loops some kind of see-sawing sound that just monotonously swings back and forth, and over this is something like an echoed stringed instrument, plucked. That constant swinging rhythm though ... it wears me out and gives me a bit of a headache. And i listen to ambient music for fun! So: beware Alting Falder I Samme Rum V.

The final track is a sixteen minute opus creatively titled Alting Falder I Samme Rum VI, and here he adds deep synth drones in Tangerine Dream-ish layers. A very nice tune to get lost listening to.

So this is cool, and becoming aware of øjeRum has given me a whole vast catalog to explore. If you like ambient music, give him a look.

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