Different Skies is an annual electronic and experimental space music festival that takes place in Arcosanti, the urban laboratory on a cliffside in central Arizona. For one week, electronic artists from around the globe gather to make friends, network, compose, and perform an evening of entirely new music for an appreciative audience.
In 2004, the performance was divided into two types of music. One was a collection of short pieces by established groups and collaborations between those groups; these may be released by those groups in the future. The other was what the artists called "all-star jams", completely improvised and spontaneous compositions involving only a few people or all twenty of the participants. Over 90 minutes of these jams were culled from the week's audio recordings and released with David Tristram's amazing visuals as the DVD "Arcs & Angles", now available on Filmbaby.com. See the link at left, "Check out the Different Skies website", to order the DVD. (If you want to see the actual Different Skies site, please surf to www.differentskies.com.)
This CD was a limited-edition promotional disc that accompanied the release of the DVD; unlike the DVD it was an extremely limited edition and is now out of print. The CD contained high-quality audio-only versions of six of the DVD's eight tracks, as well as "Circle For Position," a track that appears nowhere else.
Fans of electronic and experimental music, live composition and improvisation, and intensely absorbing and powerful music will want to obtain the Arcs & Angles DVD for their collections. It captures the magic of Different Skies 2004 in a very special way. And if you insist on getting the audio from the CD, check out your favorite online music download service, like the iTunes Music Store and Rhapsody... if these songs aren't available there yet, they will be soon.