Don Campau – Stolen Spectrum (Digital, 2023)

No.5183

GAJOOB Review by Bryan Baker, 8 Nov 2023:

An Auditory Banquet of Unconventional Sounds

In the realm of experimental music, Don Campau’s Stolen Spectrum stands as a testament to his unyielding creativity and innovative spirit. Released in 2023, this album is a daring departure (par for Don) from conventional musical structures and an immersive exploration into the world of free jazz, improvisation, and contemporary composition.

Stolen Spectrum is devoid of vocals, songs, or wild rock guitars. Instead, it offers an eclectic mix of odd sounds, atonal guitars, keyboards, percussion, and more, layered over cut-up and randomly assembled loops. The latter is an intriguing element of re-contextualized music ‘stolen’ from various artists, serving as the bedrock for Campau’s sonic experimentations.

The resulting compositions range from haunting to playful, and always captivating. Each track is a unique auditory journey that immerses listeners in Campau’s imaginative soundscapes. The album truly lives up to its name, stealing elements from a spectrum of sources to create something entirely new and engaging.

Campau’s masterful manipulation of sounds, both musical and otherwise, creates a feast for the ears that’s hard to resist. Whether you’re a seasoned fan of experimental music or a curious newcomer, Stolen Spectrum offers a fascinating experience. It challenges preconceptions about what music can be while providing an enjoyable listening experience.

One of the standout aspects of this album is Campau’s commitment to supporting other artists in the field. He encourages listeners to download Stolen Spectrum for free but asks them to support other artists creating unusual sound art like free jazz and modern improv in return. This gesture underscores his dedication to nurturing the experimental music community.

Stolen Spectrum is an audacious exploration of sound that pushes the boundaries of music. It’s a must-listen for anyone interested in experimental sound art and a shining example of Don Campau’s innovative spirit.

Media: Digital.

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Bandcamp URL: https://doncampau.bandcamp.com/album/stolen-spectrum


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