JamSphere Review: “Bruce Cohen’s Four BC is ambient music that favors abstraction and improvisation.”

JamsSphereBruce Cohen is a founding member of the Philadelphia band, The Reds®, who’s first self-titled produced by David Kershenbaum, showed the band’s impressive blend of Rick Shaffer’s guitar, and Bruce Cohen’s keyboards.  The album was supported with live appearances with such diverse acts as The Police, Joe Jackson, Blondie, The Ramones, The Psychedelic Furs, and Public Image.  Cohen’s solo projects include musical scores for theatrical productions and his electronic album series “One BC”, “Two BC,” “Three BC,” and now the latest 2017 album – “Four BC.”

The liner explains that on this recording, Bruce Cohen returned to his ‘ambient electronic roots, with the slightly added twist of totally improvising every song to fit a self-imposed four minute time frame, with little to no overdubs, and no edits whatsoever.’

Douglas Rushkoff notes in his book that “ambient music isn’t a set of particular sounds one listens to but a space in which one breathes.”  In “Four BC” the layers and washes of sound and music can be focused on or ignored, lazily mind-surfed or instead analyzed.

Never a trite “sound collage”, a problem which plagues so many in this genre, this album has moods, textures and rhythms that lend well to repeat listening.  So you can dig deep or soar to the shore with this exceptional work.

Come equipped with a truly open mind because “Four BC” is easy to dismiss without one.  As improvised music, it shouldn’t be surprising that one needs to experiment in finding the appropriate setting and circumstances for realizing its potential.

It may be as simple as using headphones in darkness; for others, it may need to be experienced in nature during a particular time of year.  But the genius is in there waiting for you.  If you can’t be bothered to put in the effort, then listen anyway as you’ll still find plenty to enjoy in terms of rhythms and sounds. It just more accurate listening is so much more rewarding.

I am a devout listener of ambient/electronic music, and when I played through “Four BC” for the first time, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, because I was so used to the mundane commercial tracks of mainstream artists.  I became instantly attuned to the vibrant, melodic vibrations and flowing wave-forms, and ethereal pings that instilled the vastness of space that was all beautifully, subtly and tastefully filled.

Frequencies are substituted for real soundscaping, as the tracks here, are evocative and extremely pleasant to listen to.  This is music that favors abstraction and improvisation, yet everything sounds well-planned out and accessible enough to hold your attention.

On the album “Four BC,” Bruce Cohen offers us more than mere sonic manipulation.  He looks beyond synth manuals and realizes music that is an inextricable weave of sound engineering, solitary reflection and ambient aesthetics.  Consider the album’s tracks as various degrees of emotion, lingering, and then shifting to another state.  For me, the musical subtlety of “Four BC” is in the impression left, rather than the story told.

∎ Rick Jamm — JamSphere MAGAZINE

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Tarock Music Releases Bruce Cohen’s “SEEN” Video

fourbc_artworkTarock Music has released a video of Seen track 5 on Bruce Cohen’s new album, Four BC.  

All of the pencil sketches in the video are the work of Cuban artist Emilio Sanchez (1921 – 1999) from his private collection created from 1940 to 1999.  His full biography can be read at The Emilio Sanchez Foundation. 

View “SEEN” on YouTube ► https://youtu.be/SwCTUP-_kM8

And, download a FREE mp3 of “SEEN” on SoundCloud  https://soundcloud.com/tarockmusic/seen-bruce-cohen

 

Tarock Music Releases Bruce Cohen’s “FOUR BC” Album

fourbc_artworkTarock Music has released Bruce Cohen’s 2017 album.

On FOUR BC Cohen returns to his ambient electronic roots, with the slightly added twist of totally improvising every song to fit a self imposed four minute time frame, with little to no overdubs, and no edits whatsoever.

Listen/Buy/ Full Tracks HERE

Download a FREE mp3 of “Seen” on SoundCloud

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Tarock Music Releases Rick Shaffer Video ∎ GOING DOWN SLOW

RICK SHAFFER GOING DOWN SLOW (final).mp4 - Google DriveRick Shaffer and director, David N. Donihue struck up a friendship when filming the video, “One More Heartache,” for Shaffer’s 2012 album, Idiot Flats.  When Shaffer told Donihue he wrote “Going Down Slow” in Detroit while recording his latest album, Outside Of Time, because he was struck by how the economy caused crime in the Motor City to skyrocket out of control.  He was especially moved after meeting so many good people that were in desperate straits as a direct result of the nose diving economy, and a seemingly uncaring Government.  Shaffer wanted to evoke a story line that would convey the desolation of Detroit, so he enlisted Donihue to create the visual scenario for his lyrics.

Donihue, a fan of Shaffer’s timeless sound, readily agreed.  His vision materialized into a story line that follows Jack Clyde, a young, handsome, yet hard edged, man living in the turmoil of the wavering American economy.  When Jack impregnates his girlfriend just as the slumping job market leaves him with no prospects, he hastily decides to rob a liquor store.  When Jack’s actions leaves the mother of his child alone in the world, it becomes her turn to launch her own plan.

CREDITS: Director: David N. Donihue | Producer: Noubar Antonyan — SuperRadFilms.com | The Criminal: Arman Oganesyan | The Heroine: Kristin Vannieuwenhoven | The Prisoner: Noubar Antonyan | Still Photography: Theresa Marchione | ©2016 TarockMusic.com

WATCH THE VIDEO ON YouTube . . . https://youtu.be/Hvk44kOocp0

 

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Tarock Music Releases Rick Shaffer’s 7th Solo Album

 

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Tarock Music has released Rick Shaffer’s seventh solo album, Outside Of Time, and it has him reaching minimalist garage rock perfection, capturing excitement and emotion in a proto-punk sound, laid down savagely in Motor City Detroit.

Read the album liner notes HERE.

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“UNFIT MISFIT” IS FULL OF SUSPENSE

 

3 Angles Power Film ProductionUnfitMisfit has released a new addition to their thriller film repertoire entitled, Unfit Misfit.   The 3 Angels are Canadian sisters Gladys, Jeanne D’arc, and Mona Lisa Karam, who write, direct, edit and produce all their films in unique unison.  This time around they’ve licensed two songs by Bruce Cohen for the film and soundtrack album, “Sal Mineo Rumba”  (One BC) and “Monolith” (Two BC).

The trios latest collaborative endeavor is full of suspense and unexpected events when a grim past shapes a unique dark future of a  young man named Adam.  He comes from a different world with cruel intentions that create a chain of unsolved mysterious criminal  incidents that keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.  With this new film the Karam sisters have a new addition to their distinctive quirky thriller genre.

 

VERY COOL TUNES Advises THREE BC “belongs in any serious audiophile’s collection.”

Three BC is the third solo album by Bruce Cohen containing 12 tracks of amazingly rich EDM.  This album touches upon the emotional vibrations and will set any dance floor on fire.  The twelve tracks are each filled with fantastic instrumentation and sonic elements that will lift any crowd into a state of trance. Let’s dig into this treasure track by track.

Track 1 “Blue Stomp” is the perfect beginning to a truly great EDM album.  It starts off with a pulsating riff then transforms into a tribal yet atmospheric stomp.

Track 2 “Shoot First” keeps the energy flowing with an airy synth pad to start it going.  The track builds up nicely with rhythmic elements and soundscapes.  Congas highlight the track adding a nice flare to it.

Track 3 “Dead On” lifts off with synth stabs and quirky electronic

sounds then takes you a place that is truly spectacular.

Track 4 “Happy Dog” echoes with epic old school sounds that build into a quirky yet interesting piece.

Track 5 “Witches Brew” keeps the energy high and definitely contains elements that will make you want to play this one over and over.  It’s harmonies are distinctive and classically weave a mesmerizing track.

Track 6 “Just Be Boom” is another interesting track that features dissonance and powerful rhythm.

Track 7 “Or Is It” takes you back in time and propels you into the future all at once.  Check this one out. It’s got some nicely crafted elements in it.

Track 8 “Shadow Dance” pulsates with ecstasy and pumps you up into a trance.

Track 9 “This is the One” has dark sonic elements weaved into a powerful array of sound.

Track 10 “Ask Later” features syncopation and futuristic sonic elements that will build a nice aura of sonic bliss.

Track 11 “Match Me Once” keeps the energy high and will lift you up.

Track 12 “Opus Funkus” is a perfect ending to a great album.  This one features syncopation and elements that are truly unique.

All in all this is a great album by Bruce Cohen and belongs in any serious audiophile’s collection.  We recommend it!

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Download a FREE mp3 of BLUE STOMP on SoundCloud ► https://soundcloud.com/tarockmusic/blue-stomp

Watch the BLUE STOMP video on YouTube ► https://youtu.be/yzFIlmEpr-Y