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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding original ambient soundtrack from the master, 16 Jun. 2001
This review is from: Crimsworth (Audio CD)
'Crimsworth' was an installation art piece by Rob Ward on display in Nottingham and later Leeds in the autumn of 1994. This CD bears Bill Nelson's ambient audioscape for the installation (it was a flooded room lined with ceramic paper into the centre of which you walked via a narrow platform). If you understand ambient, you'll appreciate how strong the Crimsworth soundtrack is. This one taps right into the senses in a rare fashion that's tricky to describe without sounding like a sad hippy. I've never been able to play it less than twice in a row because it always seems to end too soon. And while it's not typical of the bulk of Bill Nelson's instrumental work, I'd rate it as the best he's done, hence the 5 stars. This one's really special. I suspect divine influence! :-)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 24 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Crimsworth (Audio CD)
How can one describe music that has no structure, no rhythm, no tune, no sense of progression, no obvious reference points? Is it meant to be listened to, or be played in the background while you do something else? Why are there two "tracks" that seem to be identical - or is that just an illusion?

I can only describe its effect, which is like a shimmering stillness or a slowly shifting tapestry of colour and texture. It is like a walk through a forest of shadows and shade and soft rainfall. It is like sitting beside a dark pool and staring into unfathomable depth and losing track of time.

This recording might be called minimalist, except that it seems full of something: sounds, atmospheres, space, tranquility, subtle movement ... layer upon layer. Somehow it draws you in completely. It is unimaginably beautiful.

I have listened to this perhaps hundreds of times, and I never cease to be surprised. How can so little content prove such a rich, rewarding and endlessly changing experience? I never tire of it. It is extraordinarly energising and uplifting. Somehow it restores one's spirit and clears the mind.

If this works for you, then I also recommend Brian Eno's 'Thursday Afternoon'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime ambient piece, 6 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Crimsworth (Audio CD)
Bill Nelson can master many styles, and here he successfully adds ambient to his portfolio. Having been a fan of his ambient-leaning "Simplex" album of instumentals, I was curious to see how he would approach longer pieces as he does with the two 30 mins tracks that make up "Crimsworth". After all, not everyone can manage it - Jean Michel Jarre's "Cousteau" attempt suffered from too-fast changes in tempo and texture to my ears. No need to worry - this is top-notch stuff, up there with Brian Eno's warm yet brutally minimalist "Neroli", his "Music for Airports" album and David Sylvian's "Steel Cathedrals". The opening sounds on part 1 of water falling/lapping and a weird hum ebb and flow with gently floating keyboard textures, underpinned with the repetitive (and pleasant) sound of water dripping. With a bit more tonal variety on part 2 in terms of percussion and random sounds, Crimsworth is a very worthy addition to the ambient genre.
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