John Broaddus | 4 at 18

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4 at 18

by John Broaddus

As a whole, 4 at 18 lends itself to a meditative, trance-like somnambulance that is at once mellow, rich and warm -- or perhaps, more like a warm ember slowly cooling.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
John is fascinated by the undiscovered textural potential electronic instruments allow in his compositions. The process of composing is directly connected to the discovery of sonic events through experimentation and improvisation. Johns music is meant to create an atmosphere that encourages introspection and meditation. It is music that can easily live in the background but is also capable of allowing the focused listener the depth for sonic exploration.


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Brenholts & Patterson

FOUR CORNERS OF COOL!
4 at 18 is a great CD! John Broaddus
released his first CD as Laocoon. This one is
released under his own name. This set has four
compositions, all over 18 minutes long (hence -- duh! --
the name). Each piece is deep and dark with smooth
timbres and organic textures. The liner notes have little
or no information so listeners must interpret the music
for themselves. Deep listening is a wonderful adventure.
The atmospheres are full of vivid imagery and sharp
hues. The tone of the imagery is directly related to the
listener's state of mind. The flexibility of the sound
design allows this to be either dark or bright. It is, again,
a great CD and an essential one! ~ Jim
Brenholts

EER-MUSIC.com Editor's note: John sent me this CD as well
and I must highly recommend it! Four sonic travels will
take you into very mellow drone tone alone zones. I was
reminded of Richard Tyler's fine works upon listening.
John has done a wonderful job of creating a seamlessly
relaxing dreamlands of four worlds. Thanks! Do more soon!!
~ John Patterson

Marco De Luca

Impressive piece of music - fantastic experience
This CD is a piece of art. Electronic music reduced to the essence. What remains, if you cut out lyrics and rhythm? Pure emotion! At least John Broaddus made it happen. It goes straight to the subconsciousness of the listener. Try it out. Love it or leave it. Feel it or fear it.

John Shanahan

The album's strength is in the varying textures of the four pieces.
There's no need to set aside time to listen to John Broaddus' 4 at 18. Start the CD and the music will, of its own accord, manipulate the fabric of time to carve out a place in which you'll comfortably exist as these four ambient pieces, each a touch over 18 minutes long, move lazily around you. This is a CD of glacial-drift chord changes and sleeping-breath swells, a subtle journey with no determinate destination.

The album's strength is in the varying textures of the four pieces. (There's a temptation to refer to them as "movements" in this slow-motion symphony.) "One" grows from an insistent drone borne on a stellar-wind backdrop; this is the one that creates that temporal hiding spot, slows the breathing and begins the drift. "Two" opens with a resonant pulse that at first threatens to undermine the ease of the first track. The sound initially borders on intrusive, if not a bit tough to listen to, but as it evolves, it begins to shimmer and take on a certain liquidity. Late in the piece there is the sensation of perceiving the sounds through a curtain of water. "Three" moves the emphasis from ethereal to tangible; the solidity of a temple bell adds a sense of rhythm to the flow. And "Four" slides back into the drift, familiarly combining the dark drone that opens the work with the wavering tones of "Two" to close the circle and bring the voyage to a pleasing end.

All in all, this is a CD of discreet beauty that gets better with each deeper listen.
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