Leimer, K. - The Useless Lesson
Sixth album, in beautiful low-key packaging, by this ambient electronic pioneer.
"The Useless Lesson includes collaborations with Leo Abrahams, (solo artist and guitarist on Brian Eno’s Another Day on Earth) Dwight Ashley (Nepenthe artist) and phonographer Anode. The music is comprised of constructed and deconstructed pieces juxtaposed to disclose the contrasts and commonality of organizing and recognizing sound. To emphasize the attractions and repulsions of these two poles the ensembles used in each case differ broadly. The constructed – composed – pieces are mostly for string trio and are traditional and surface-oriented, placing their emphasis on the interaction of separate voices. Set in contrast with collaborative, steady-state and hybrid pieces which are heuristic, synthetic and process-derived – deconstructed – to form a solid, gapless atmosphere of densely packed voices that listeners may or may not wish to de-strand...music of The Useless Lesson is mostly derived from considering the differences in acting on those things that are learned and acting on more spontaneous impulses."
"Elegant and dreamy, The Useless Lesson teaches listeners that — with proper balance and vision — experimental electronic and contemporary classical music can, indeed, reside on the same aural plane. In fact, in Leimer’s hands, the union makes perfect sense."-Michael Popke/Sea of Tranquility