Apart from a measure or 2 here & there, the music on this cd is a lamp swinging slightly in fog & wind. The first piece, Kingdom Come, is has some great scenes Ingram Marshall happened upon & recorded & music he later composed for the concrete tape recordings to be in. He stresses that both the instrumental sections he composed & the tape are music; it's not just the music he composed with some tape sounds thrown in. The way they work together can be in turns deeply relaxing or creepy & haunting. But more relaxing -- even more with the few atonal or haunting shocks keeping the listener alert. Airy.
Then, the cd's next piece, Hymnodic Delays, is made up of 4 songs. The first 3 were composed in the late 18th century. The 4th, the 17th century. Marshall added reverb & echo to them. They're very poignant pieces to begin with; that was his attraction to them. When listening, you can hear that he echoes just the perfect notes -- just the ones that bring the emotion to its height. And the music moves. The chant-like effects of the echo & reverb add to the poignancy of the music. For me, the 2nd of these songs, "Broad Road," is the most enjoyable, because the voices are so distinct & the reverb impeccable. The final Hymnodic Delays song is the most bouncy -- a fitting climax after the much more somber previous 3.
The cd's last piece is a rescoring of the piece For Tropes for string quartet. The piece started decades ago called Fog, a tape of the Balinese flute "gambuh" & ambient maritime sounds such as foghorns & birds recorded at the San Francisco harbor. He "troped" it in 1982 when he added the brass parts. The idea then was that the timbre of the brass & foghorns would blend together as though of the same instrumental family. Now that it's "twice troped" with string quartet instead of brass, the different timbres of the piece work against each other. It's very beautiful, the different kinds of sound you find swirling & growing around you here. It feels very careful. The music is so thick. & the intensity/etherealness undulate just like the marina's waves.