Azusa Plane
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Resonating Subtleties , 6/10
Tycho Magnetic Anomaly, 7/10
America Is Dreaming , 6.5/10
Jacques Offenbach's Opera Efforts , 7/10 (EP)
The Highway's Jammed With Broken Heroes , 5/10
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Pennsylvania's Azusa Plane, the project of guitarist Jason DiEmilio, formalized a mystical psycho-acoustic art of guitar drones and overtones on Tycho Magnetic Anomaly And the Full Consciousness of Hidden Harmony (1997).
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Azusa Plane e` il progetto solitario di Jason DiEmilio, chitarrista di Philadelphia, esordito con una serie di singoli affascinanti, fra cui Fall/ Meander (1995) e Beyond Infinite, nel segno della musica ambientale per droni di chitarra. La cassetta Resonating Subtleties (Shrimper, 1996) e` ancora nel segno della canzone pop immersa in rumore di chitarra, ma il disco accreditato a Spires of Oxford (Colorful Clouds, 1997), 45 minuti di improvvisazione alla chitarra, e il singolo dedicato ai suoi maestri, Lou Nico Sterling John and Maureen (Burnt Hair, 1997), nonche' una collaborazione con Mazzacane Connors, si allontanano sempre piu` dalla forma canzone.

Tycho Magnetic Anomaly And the Full Consciousness of Hidden Harmony (Camera Obscura, 1997) e` l'album che rivela la sua arte psicoacustica di droni e sovratoni chitarristici. Sotto l'influenza dell'"ambient guitar noise" di Flying Saucer Attack e delle sinfonie per chitarra di Glenn Branca, DiEmilio esplora le proprieta` mistiche del suono con il solo ausilio di una chitarra Fender. Temporal Continuum, Implications of Holomovement, Miracle of the Octave e la title-track di 27 minuti compongono affreschi spirituali.

The double-CD America Is Dreaming Of Universal String Theory (Colorful Clouds for Acoustics, 1998) contains nine lengthy guitar tracks titled Strings. The first one is a sustained Hendrix-ian solo. The second one (21 minute long) goes through a number of different settings and dynamics, from wall of noise to acoustic guitar to koto-like strumming to ominous whirling distortion to cosmic background radiation. Strings 3 is a crescendo of droning guitar. The fourth one is a slow, delicate free-form jam for two guitars. The fifth one is a solo for cosmic guitar's sound effects. The sixth one features prominent drumming and casual guitar dissonance. The ninth track is the one spiritual hymn of the album, a colossal "om" uttered in a multitude of colorful instrumental registers. Strings 7 (24:40) unleashes a massive, terrifying guitar drone and then sustains it through a series of variations. The 28-minute Strings 8 is a softer but no less harrowing version of Strings 7: instead of a wall of noise, DiEmilio releases a low-frequency miasma of guitar noise. This is the closest that Azusa Plane gets to ambient music. America Is Dreaming Of Universal String Theory (Colorful Clouds for Acoustics, 1998) tenta di umanizzare quella musica attraverso riferimenti impliciti alle atmosfere deprimenti del film noir e del bebop.
The EP Jacques Offenbach's Opera Efforts (Amish, 1998), with 1872 and 1875, is more varied and a bit more humane.

Much of the artistic development took place via singles: United States Direct Investment In Other Countries (Rocket Girl, 1999), Hal (Road Cone, 1998), She Was Into S&M (Colorful Clouds for Acoustics, 1998), Song For Claudia Cardinale (Earworm, 1998).

Piu` vario e creativo risulta comunque l'EP Jacques Offenbach's Opera Efforts (Amish, 1998), con 1872 e 1875.

Il suo sviluppo artistico e` costellato soprattutto da singoli: United States Direct Investment In Other Countries (Rocket Girl, 1999), Hal (Road Cone, 1998), She Was Into S&M (Colorful Clouds for Acoustics, 1998), Song For Claudia Cardinale (Earworm, 1998).

Azusa Plane's drummer Quentin Stoltzfus launched his own project, Mazarin.

DiEmilio 's lengthy compositions on The Highway's Jammed With Broken Heroes (Kraak, 2001) are significantly more complex, bordering on the jazz avantgarde. Instead of relying merely on the properties of tones and the fascination of trance-y sequences, the guitarist delves into "Henry Kaiser-ian" cacophonous tour de forces. No Future is a 18-minute catalog of possible guitar sounds. The problem is that there is more science and calculus than art and passion in these self-indulging pieces.

Where The Sands Turn to Gold (2012) is a double-disc retrospective of Azusa Plane's career.

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