Volume 95, Issue 76

Friday, February 15, 2002

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Upstairs Recordings

Imagine a kind of music that allows your mind to travel wherever it fancies.

With tracks like "The last hemperor," "Dream of the dendreons" and "Blowing bubbles from the blimp of the spirits," the music of Telefuzz's Sleep acts as a guide to mental and physical relaxation.

Telefuzz belongs to an experimental genre in which the listening process is quite similar to the process of musical composition. Although Telefuzz isn't exactly an inexpensive substitute for an anger management class, it is intended to provide a kind of release.

The mastermind behind this form of musical Zen is Don Vebrilli. Vebrilli's philosophy of music incorporates the idea that music is not a product of the artist, but rather a mysterious and somewhat accidental creation. By combining this philosophy with the sounds of jazz, funk, breakbeat and other electronic forms, he has produced what he terms "The Vebrilli Sound."

Sleep focuses on down-tempo music and a lyric-free variation of Vebrilli's technique. In the song "The great gag in the sky," the sound of water bubbling is followed by dissonant chords echoing through space. The spontaneity of these sounds is unaffected by the rigidity of the drumbeat that interjects.

In "the needle and the homage done," the sounds are preceded by a nervous and fast-paced male voice that describes a tragic circumstance: one in which a person's use of heroin cost him his life. The upbeat sounds are further combined with a female voice speaking about an AIDS benefit. The words are extremely muddled, but the male speaker's eerie and reverberating laughter at the close of the track cannot be missed.

If you take the time to open your mind and distinguish between the enmeshed varieties of sound featured on Sleep, the music truly becomes an exercise in relaxation.

Through the band's focus on unforced, nondescript sounds, Telefuzz encourages your mind to wander. You can virtually feel yourself fall through a rabbit hole, exchange a few words with a purple striped tree-cat and enter into a land of walking, talking playing cards.

With Sleep, there are no limits.

–Christina McKenzie

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