The final three CDs in the Jack Body-curated 'Electroacoustic Music by New Zealand Composers' series on CD Manu. All of the entries in this series, barring the Kim Dyett album, have covers taken from photographs by Theo Schoon of geothermal curiosities. I've been a bit cheeky here and designed a replacement cover for the Dyett album from the same series of photographs by Schoon.
David Downes - Saltwater (1988-1992)
Five of these eight works were composed as soundtrack
s to dance pieces, and as such contain more aggressive ly rhythmic content than the other albums in this series. All were
composed when Downes was between the ages of 21-25. ‘Valley Mine’, ‘A Green Piece’ and ‘Saltwater’ use effected field
recordings, white-noise wind and other classic and eighties cutting-edge
synthesis techniques, but pick up some live-sounding percussion and
midi-beats halfway through. If you are hoping for more traditional
electroacoustic composition, skip right ahead to ‘Disquiet’, a
conversation between what feels like improvisatory digital synthesis and
a recording of a housefly buzzing round the room; for me the standout
track on the album.