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Theory of Abstract Light: Theory of Abstract LightTheory of Abstract Light (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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This is creepy. I donít really know how to describe this to someone who hasnít listened to it; it would be hard to understand. The Theory of Abstract Light is a one man project that uses feedback, white noise, and the occasional strumming of a guitar to create a really unique atmospheric album
I was really pulled into this from the second I put it into my CD player. Every little sound on here seems to add an element of foreboding, whether itís the creak of a floorboard, breathing, or the pluck of a guitar string. This isnít your average album; in fact, I donít think Iíve ever heard anything like this before. This is the soundtrack to some horrible nightmare, and the fact that Ben Carr came up with this stuff is somewhat disturbing. But still, I canít help listening. When I listen to an instrumental album or something similar Iím usually in a relaxed state of mind, but when listening to this I canít help but feel on edge and almost nervous.
Iíve heard countless people state that ďthis album gives me chills", but Iíve always dismissed that kind of thing as a lame, overused phrase that means pretty much nothing anymore. With all that considered, this stuff gives me chills. While each individual track is titled, they all fit together to form an episodic chain and you couldnít simply say ďYeah, I like track 5, Iím going to put that on my next mix tape,Ē because it wouldnít make sense by itself. Once these ďsongs" had run their course I just sat staring blankly for a minute until I finally shook the cobwebs out of my head and came back to reality. To a lot of people this is just going to sound like random noises and sounds and they will just walk away confused or annoyed. However, if youíre like me youíll find yourself completely absorbed.
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