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Fibreforms: Treedrums , 7/10
Waterwheel: Panchroma , 6/10
Kiln: Holo , 7/10
Kiln: Ampday , 6/10

Fibreforms is a Michigan-based project that plays instrumental music based on the haunting sound of the African bounkam. Theirs is ambient world-music a` la Penguin Cafè Orchestra, largely improvised according to a cut-up approach, with a penchant for processed percussions, guitars and found sounds. Treedrums (Earth Tone, 1996) contains: Soaring, Ore Corymb, Untitled Bright Format, Amorosa, Cincture, Thermals, Aubade.

The bounkam dominates also the five songs of the EP Stone (Roomtone, 1997): the waltzing Gryphons, the tribal Stone, the minimalistic Kohinoor, Knest, Untitled .

In the meantime, the same collective released Panchroma (Alley Sweeper, 1997) under the moniker Waterwheel.

Then the trio (Kevin Hayes, Kirk Marrison And Clark Rehberg) changed name to Kiln, but continued to produce atmospheric instrumental music with the EP The Kiln (Roomtone, 1998), a superb keyboards-driven ambient work. The digital clicks of Kef.graft2, the alien electronica of Neuron, the ambient soundscapes of Hidden System, Sonor and Cennan, sound intellectual and complex compared with Fibreforms' aerial maps.

Kiln's album Holo (Roomtone, 1998) contains tracks like Sienna, Kekker and Squarewave Colorwheel that acknowledge the influence of harmonically deviant rockers like Can and of texture-oriented bands like Main. Breezeplate and Billionwatt belong to another civilization.

A more organic compositional technique characterizes Kiln's second album Ampday (Thalassa, 2000), whose Tinsunshine and Learning To Draw sound like mini-concertos worthy of the most austere albums by Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, Harold Budd and Penguin Cafe` Orchestra, while the drones are never mere shoegazing a` la Main and Rapoon.

Thermals (Kiln, 2001) collects unreleased material of a decade. The mini-album Sunbox (Ghostly Intl, 2004) seemed to explore rhythm instead of texture.

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