Audio Assessment: Stars of the Lid in a Exceptional Concert in Brooklyn

December 20th, 2013

Jacob Blickenstaff for The New York Occasions

Stars of the Lid Brian McBride, 50 percent of this duo, with the Wordless Tunes Orchestra at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Support in Brooklyn.

It is not challenging to concoct a list of very likely inspirations for Stars of the Lid, the persuasive ambient-audio duo shaped in 1993 by Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie. Seminal tape-loop meditations by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, the haunting tidal clean of Gavin Bryars’s most influential handful of works, the infinite unhappiness of Gorecki’s Third Symphony, the unsettling disquiet of Angelo Badalamenti’s “Twin Peaks” music: All this and far more resonates in the duo’s function.

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Nonetheless, to list a menu of what may represent Stars of the Lid, presented by Wordless Tunes in a exceptional live performance at the Basilica of Our Girl of Perpetual Help in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, is to diminish the difference and affect of what Mr. McBride and Mr. Wiltzie have developed. Across a span of 7 albums issued from 1995 to 2007, the pair’s operate advanced from scrappy electric powered-guitar murmurings and speak-radio audio bites to majestic epics developed from sluggish, straightforward chord progressions swathed in reverb, illuminated with strings and horns, and recurring to trance-inducing effect.

What Stars of the Lid presented with the adaptable Wordless Music Orchestra — listed here, nine string players constructed about a core team from the American Up to date Audio Ensemble, with which Mr. Wiltzie experienced formerly collaborated — largely consisted of tunes slated for a forthcoming album, with a handful of earlier parts recently arranged by Mr. Wiltzie.

Like Satie’s “Gymnop?dies” as read by means of a narcotic veil, the music stair-stepped and circled with melancholy deliberateness, slight disharmonies lending the feeling of cracked, yellowed photos. Sometimes the strings labored by itself elsewhere they ceded to Mr. McBride and Mr. Wiltzie, who played electrical guitars and tiny keyboards. When they all blended, new sounds emerged from the ether imaginary horns, harps, organs and choirs suited a superb cathedral awash in sympathetic lights and projections created by Luke Savisky.

Opening the show, Justin Walter done a set of unique digital pieces: two from a wonderfully moody modern LP, “Lullabies &amp Nightmares,” between a clutch of newer functions. Mr. Walter’s desired put into action, the Digital Valve Instrument, may be the least attractive horn ever invented. But the fluid solos he made, above his whooshing, throbbing qualifications loops and Erik Hall’s drums, would have been the envy of any New Age synthesizer guru.

The Wordless Audio series offers the band Neutral Milk Resort, Jan. 23 to 25 at the Brooklyn Academy of Tunes, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene wordlessmusic.org.

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