The New Yorker:
"A special-project disk in which Kline created, out of extravagant electronic
means... an audio-visual feast that balances hipster
zen with the seriousness of Bach and Wagner."
The New York Times:
"Mr. Kline, the electronic experimenter who deploys fleets of boomboxes
to achieve his preferred textures, is hard at work." Read
the full New York Times review.
"This adventurous music... ranges widely
from ambient recordings that are surprisingly musical, to complex constructions
that emerge as lyrical... The accompanying DVD offers... a fascinating interview
with Kline." Read
the full Stereophile review.
"Imaginary vistas that envelope,
even overwhelm... Our
always adventuresome friends at Starkland have outdone themselves this time."
"Congratulations to Starkland for releasing this extraordinary and well-documented
The Washington Post:
"Very noteworthy... an electro-acoustic DVD extravaganza."
new music composer Phil Kline debuts a major work, Around
the World in a Daze, on a new surround sound DVD released
The 65-minute studio composition was commissioned
by Starkland specifically for high-resolution surround sound
and to premiere on DVD.
Video: John Schaefer interviews Phil Kline
about his interest in using sound in space.
Daze opens with the multi-channel
ambiance near Kline’s
home in New York City’s lower East Side, begins a “long
journey” performed by the string band Ethel, peaks with a
massive climax of hundreds of thousands of “falling pennies” that
dramatically explores the psychoacoustic possibilities of surround
sound, shifts to the soaring violinistics of Todd Reynolds, and
concludes by placing the listener inside multiple layers of a field
recording of 15,000 chattering, African gray parrots.
"The Starkland label
has a treat for you. There's plenty to enjoy in this piece for
your standard audio consumer, but for the audiophiles in the
crowd, the real fun is in sitting immersed in this mash up of
street noise, music clips, music boxes, bug zappers, and many
other bits of sonic detritus."
- Molly Sheridan, New Music Box
way, listeners are also seduced by some swirling, hypersampled
Wagner, a weird madrigal about bitterness and bees, a Bach prelude
eerily processed into a Zurich train station, and a mournfully
multi-tracked “wailing wall.”
Daze is Kline’s
longest work and biggest commission to date. Daze is also
likely the largest work so far commissioned for a high-resolution
surround sound recording.
Offered in a custom-designed package,
this double-DVD release adds an Extras DVD, highlighted by a 34-minute
interview with Kline. The two DVDs contain a total content of 110
Tom Steenland, owner of Starkland, initially
conceived the broad project’s overall goals. He states, “I love surround
sound and think it’s an exhilarating format for contemporary
Steenland adds, “Phil Kline is a highly original, wonderful
composer, and much of his music is inherently spatial.” He
explains, “The idea of commissioning a major work from Phil
to premiere on a surround sound recording was compelling and irresistible.”
main disc offers Daze in several formats to accommodate
a variety of home playback setups. The music can be heard in the
common Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround format that is standard on all
DVDs, has well as the higher quality DTS 5.1 and high-resolution
audiophile DVD-Audio surround formats. The DVD also offers a version
Playback of the Daze music
is accompanied by over 80 images shot by Kline.
The Housatonic at Henry Street For Ives the river of life, running right by my window.
Electronica and tape orchestra. Field recording: Henry Street at Rutgers, evening
Svarga Yatra An uphill climb. It might mean Stairway to Heaven in Sanskrit.
Performed by Ethel (Todd Reynolds and Mary Rowell, violins, Ralph Farris, viola,
Dorothy Lawson, cello) with tape choir.
The Maryland Sample A madrigal about love and science, bitterness and bees.
Performed by Kamala Sankaram (vocals) and Phil Kline (vocals, strings and percussion).
Field recording: bug zappers on Nicola Teslas porch
Pennies from Heaven The trickle down theory. Everything is falling. Every time it rains it rains.
On the Waterfront This is not a recording, but something happening right now in Istanbul.
Luv U 2 Death Death hastened by technology.
And our love become a funeral pyre.
The Wailing Wall The pull of the moon. A blind man tries to describe it.
Vocals by Phil Kline
Grand Etude for the Elevation The importance of height: I can see my house from here.
Violinistics by Todd Reynolds
Prelude Departing, the end begins.
Bach Prelude in B flat minor. Field recording: Tuesday
morning, Zurich station.
The Housatonic at Dzanga The mystery of red mercury, observed by a million gray parrots.
Electronica and tape choir. Field recording: the watering hole
at Dzanga, Central African Republic (Louis Sarno)
DVD One Total Time: 65:17 | Introduction:
as fast as you can)
by Phil Kline