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ASHLEY, ROBERT: Foreign Experiences
Travelling in from different planets, Ashley and the world's rappers agree to aestheticise logorrhoea, shock-jockery and loose language and to keep those texts a-coming (there are 84pp in the accompanying libretto book). Two speakers and a host of ghost voices and a synthesised 'orchestra', all hovering around single tones create a hypnotic, often funny, vicious, strangely gripping linear streams of sound/speech. The nuance is all in shadows and hints and fleeting references. No one else is doing anything like this and it's fascinating to see Ashley re-emerge with such a highly evolved, unplaceable but fascinating form pitched somewhere outside opera, rap, theatre, music and bar talk. Try this one. CD and book in slipcase.