Review

Ralph Hopper, Contact!, no. 8:1, September 1, 1994

Acoustic sounds, synthesized sounds, sounds that seem acoustic but are not, each blending into a disc that your ears will enjoy “seeing.” This is my first experience with Randall Smith’s music and I am impressed.

There is much to recommend here but let me focus on The Black Museum. This is a work that has been highly recognized at several international music competitions. In nine sections, the work presents the amalgam of what Randall Smith has heard and absorbed through his years of listening. As curator of these diverse elements, he is now presenting an exhibition. Like walking from one room to another, the listener is exposed to diverse elements and textures which at the end reveal that his background is the aural equivalent of being “well read.”

… a disc that your ears will enjoy ‘seeing.’

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