Ancient Pistol | Bear Hill Phenomenon

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Bear Hill Phenomenon

by Ancient Pistol

An avant garde entity using elements of musique concrete/noise collage using guitar, synthesizers, drum machine, loopers, and household tools to make a cacophony, more commonly known as a rythmnic racket.
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Collage
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1. Area P-45
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2. Area P-46
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3. A-waves
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4. Dance of the Atoms
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5. Drawer 21
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6. Spiral Labyrinths
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7. Phobos
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8. Man In Black 46
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9. Admilrante Saldante
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10. Las Cruces
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11. That Washington Flap
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12. The Calgary Photograph
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13. The Bear Hill Phenomenon
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Album Notes
Ancient Pistol is a recording entity that uses modern technology in conjunction with antique musical instruments, to make music for the future in the present.

The Bear Hill Phenomenon was born of an accident. I was testing out a new but extremely cheap digital camera when the cd cover picture was taken. A year later, while examining photos, I found I had taken my very own accidental UFO picture on the road near Bear Hill in Waltham, MA. The rest, as they say, is history. Given my interest in the extremes that folks will go to to fabricate UFO photos to bring attention to themselves, this picture compelled me to create an Atom Age Soundscape.

Recorded at Hidden Fortress Studios, Brighton, MA

Ancient Pistol is Mike Feeney: Guitars/Effects/Loops/Dissonance ©2007 Michael Feeney

Photo by Mike Feeney on the road in Waltham MA.

Some descriptions:

"If the listener lets imagination take hold, a post-nuclear desolate, surreal world comes to life (or lack thereof) through a cacophony of sound. It would also play well in a spooky, sci-fi, Twilight Zone kind of genre. Ancient Pistol's "progressive, alternative, experimental" riffs jar the brain and activates the emotions."
Phosphorescence Magazine (Vol. 4, 2007)

"I get the distinct impression that this is what two jumbo jet computers might have to say to each other as they traverse the boundless ionosphere."
The Noise (May, 2008)

"It sounds like Vincent Price making coffee."
- coworker

You be the judge.


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Phosphorescence Magazine

Review in 9th edition September 2009
The Bear Hill Phenomenon, is other-worldly. The first four tracks feature “normal”, recognizable music with only a hint of the disturbances that lie underneath. “Drawer 21” and “The Calgary Photograph” are muted and undercover, as if something is being held back. Then, the otherworldliness steps in, and one is led into the unknown, where “Admilrante Saldante,” propels us straight into infinity, a leap beyond the identifiable. It takes talent to fit all the aspects of a vision such as Ancient Pistol’s together without being led astray. It seems as if Feeney is following where the vibrations take him, not vice versa.