Getting Smudged and Liking It

March 9, 2009 at 10:09 am 1 comment

Tom Djll — Smudge (Soul on Rice, 2006)

This one’s part of a stack of recent music recently given to the station by Tom Djll, a trumpeter, electronics dabbler, and the brains behind the ambitious Mockracy music/theater production.

Smudge has Djll in electronics mode, often using the trumpet as a sound source. Most tracks feature a variety of metallic swooshes and drones, but the altered trumpet comes through clearly in some tracks, like the buzzy fanfare of “Schizy.”

A couple of tracks stick to a dronelike consistency, but more often, Djll features a sequence of different sounds. It’s not a Jackson Pollack splatterfest; more a set of Mark Rothkos overlaid irregularly to form a new collage, made of individual parts reflecting stillness but combining into a dynamic jumble.

The 15-minute “Split” is the pinnacle of that metaphor, featuring a raspy slow burn, a deep metallic pulse, and sparse stretches of modified trumpet groans. I also like the closing track, “Patina,” which moves from slow doom chimes into the high-pitched tones of a UFO taking off, then rounds things out with blobular, pulsing sounds. That’s the track that KZSU DJs seem to be latching onto.

There’s a pleasing variety here. I’ve highlighted some of the more active tracks, but there are rewards in the quiet, pensive rides, too.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. djll  |  August 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Hey Mr. Wedge,

    Thanks for playing my stuff!!! And the review.

    I’ve put up a blog (see link) which will have some things about music on it, and will soon have my regular web site revamped. There I will be posting regular uploads of Djll sounds that can’t be gotten anywhere else.

    btw your listeners can find Djll music at places like:
    Downtown Music Gallery
    Cadence Music Sales (for Six Fuchs)

    Cheers, td

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