“Proscenium” is a subtle and remarkably controlled collection of atmospheres. The air of mystery, deliberate pacing, the deep tones and unidentified sounds of Recchion’s 2006 album “Sweetly Doing Nothing” have been explored even further here. It’s a logical development but the results are unexpected and strikingly original, sounding wholly unfamiliar and yet like no one’s but Tom Recchion’s.
“Proscenium”‘s six pieces mostly began life as music for filmmaker/puppeteer Janie Geiser’s play “Invisible Glass,” an adaptation of Poe’s “William Wilson.” The play’s intricate beauty and the story’s moody confusion have been perfectly mirrored and expanded on by Recchion who used that inspiration as a leaping off point for Proscenium’s rich and surprising compositions. “It was an attempt to create a sound world for the viewer that started as they entered the theater and drenched them until they left in an ongoing series of atmospheres.”
Tom Recchion has been a sound and visual artist/composer/art director and graphic designer in California since the 1970s. He is the co-creator of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) and has collaborated with David Toop, Christian Marclay, Oren Ambarchi, Keiji Haino, and Max Eastley, among many others. Though Proscenium is only his sixth album as a solo artist, Recchion has had many recordings released by labels such as Birdman, Touch, PSF, RRR, Idea, Staubgold, and the Cortical Foundation. He has also written for The Wire magazine. Tom Recchion lives in California.