Aperus: Tumbleweed Obfuscated by Camera Failure

by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

This release from 2003 offers 47 minutes of soothing ambience.

Aperus is Brian McWilliams, with assistance from John Phipps, Carolyn Koebel, and Michelle McWilliams.

Pensive atmospherics establish a luxuriant foundation for artificially induced thunder on the horizon. More dramatic (but still languid) harmonic tones emerge, adding definition to the ambient soundscape with ethereal textures and tenuous keyboards. Metallic rhythms provide subtle modern tribal disposition for one piece, while subliminal basslines assert a geological demeanor in several instances.

Generally, McWilliams endeavors to generate a sonic interface between man and earth, reminding us all of our inert origins.

Although harmonic throughout, this music exhibits a delicate presence of melody that is often absent from most ambient music. Textures merge with graceful ease, blending melancholy piano notes with flowing electronic airs. The electronics rise and ebb, guided by aerial currents that strive to evoke a placid temperament. The desert terrain receives an intimate portrayal through these gentle sonic structures, allowing colors to manifest in sound, inciting moods to unfurl through elongated chords, urging the audience to augment their human senses with an inanimate perspective. As man unifies with earth, the cosmos enters a focus that encompasses a totality of being.

The CDR comes in an oversized case which contains some desert photography (exampling how the tumbleweeds were obfuscated by camera failure) and text (that delivers impressions of the prairie).