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Album: Simplex
# Song Title   Time
1)    Awakening
2)    Almost Unchanging
3)    Bittersweet
4)    Ringing True
5)    Celestial East
6)    Some Distant Time
7)    Profaned Sanctuary of the Human Heart, The
8)    Forms in Open Spaces
9)    Raindrum
10)    Female Form
11)    Archetypes
12)    Solid Spaces
13)    Abstracted
14)    Heptarchia
15)    Climbing
16)    Waiting for Rain
17)    Aqua Magica
18)    Summer Shower
19)    Hammertheme
20)    Cloud of Unknowning, The
21)    Bending a Knee at the Altar of Sacrifice
22)    Parting of the Ways, A
23)    Bronze
24)    To Jan from the Shining Stars
25)    Arrangement of Roses
26)    Likewise Is Said Elsewhere
27)    Child of the Dream
28)    Enclosed Garden, The
29)    Christmas Gift, The
30)    H‚ros de LumiŠre
31)    Your Morning Blessing
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Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Author: Bill Nelson.
  • Recording information: The Echo Observatory, Yorkshire, UK (1987/1988).
  • Featuring some recordings made for the documentary film Henry Moore and Landscape, Bill Nelson's Simplex surrounds these commissioned bits with "complementary compositions" for an organic-meets-otherworldly instrumental album, one right in line with sculptor Moore's work. The feeling to be had here is that of walking through green acres and mossy fields with semi-abstract distractions appearing along the way. In his liner notes, Nelson describes these pieces as "haiku-like," perfectly conveying their size (short) and build (delicate). Fans familiar with his silent film soundtracks (Das Kabinet and La Belle et la Bete) will find the size of these two-minutes-or-less pieces familiar, and if Nelson's ADD-styled kind of ambient is an acquired taste, Simplex is its best advocate, coming off as a diminutive suite instead of a disjointed set of ideas. Echoing gongs and hissing synths makes "Bronze" an easy pick, while "Likewise Is Said Elsewhere" finds Nelson pulling a Penguin Caf‚ Orchestra out of his charmingly dated synth, giving the album an elegant garden party break with sampled bassoon and strings. Speaking of dated, these recordings come from 1987-1988 but didn't see release until 1990 when a fan club giveaway turned into a debacle. When "unsold" copies of the 1990 Simplex kept turning up in shops, Nelson accused his management of bootlegging the album, not considering any release "official" till it was issued in a limited run (500 copies) in 2000. Wide release followed in 2012, and suddenly the lawsuit-launching, career-changing, and mythical Simplex album revealed itself as harmless and warm stuff, better for small, personal revolutions or background listening and not what you'd put on while bringing down an empire. ~ David Jeffries
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