A sound-scape collaboration between four San Francisco Bay Area-based musicians, whose other works include participating in such outfits as irr. app. (ext.), Secret Chiefs 3, Big City Orchestra, and Moe!Staiano's Moe!kestra! Some people have said charitable things about the recording. But who can say, really?
"'Far voyage from a placid island' is a mix of sinister and pentrating drones and often darkly surreal horse play. Making you unsure whether you should be distrubed/ creeped out or chuckling long and darkly to ones self, while this unfolds it's sonic treasure
Throughout the four mainly long tracks, Thomas Carnacki and his surreal sea fairing [sic] companions whom include: Jesse Quattro, Jesse Burson and Jon Brumit, cover a lot of thematic and sound ground. Going from the Meditative/mysterious night droning tones with haunted house soundtrack trappings, plus weird wood like clunking of through the night around me falling. To the weathered crackles and eerier old time children songs loops via shifting continents of drone craft of Cornucopic Apocalypse. It really gives the feeling of nursery rhyme massacre or childhood distortion into demented monster. Later it drifts into creepy unfolding brass shapes and odd /frozen desert woodwind throb, that is suddenly lowered into rich water running tones, before drifting off into killer-breathing-down- your- neck dread, via shifting sands of almost ethnic drone dunes.
With out doubt of interest to those who enjoy Surreal sound worlds of the likes of Nurse with Wound or Irr.App.(Ext) (both of whom Carnacki has work with). But which offers up it’s own unequal & dark haunted plans take on the craft of sinister surrealism and dense ambient sound worlds."
"Thomas Carnacki is the pseudonym of Berkeley's Gregory Scharpen who can be found lurking around the theater departments of various troupes as a sound designer and creative foil. On occasion, he's also been a member of the live ensemble for irr. app. (ext.) and has even taken the stage during a couple of Nurse With Wound gigs. Far Voyage From A Placid Island collects four of the compositions that Scharpen has created for stage in collaboration with a handful of eccentric Bay Area musicians. The first piece finds Scharpen working with Jesse Quattro for massing of breathy aerations, deep bellowings, and subterranean creakings above a sustained dark timbral hum. At first this piece has all of the acoustic richness of the brilliant Andrew Chalk / Jonathan Coleclough record Sumac bundled with horror film grimness and hymnal vocals from Quattro swathed in reverb. Scharpen's collaboration with Jesse Burson (who is the dapper gentleman from Big City Orchestra) is a much more cacophonous affair collaged from slurps and creaks that sounds like a sucking chest would above chiming bells and shards of glass. Jon Brumit (who you may remember from his exceptional album of recordings from things found at the SF landfill) and Scharpen bring crackling vinyl from 78s (you know how much we LOVE that!!!) to wintery ambience and eerie blurts from distant horns. The final track is a solo work, again featuring that unnerving horn sounds in the distance with cyclical metallic drones that bring Nurse With Wound's Homotopy To Marie to mind; a more accurate comparison would be Metgumbnerbone, but who the hell has heard of them? Very well done indeed!"