Things Make Patterns

Performers Vortex Navigation Co.

Camera Obscura Records | April 30, 1999 | Compact Disc

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Between 1996 and 1998, Minneapolis-based psychedelic improv unit Salamander was effectively out of commission. Sean Connaughty and Erik Wivinus, two of the musicians behind the collective, kept their 4-track recorders humming with assorted side projects. While Wivinus occupied himself with Gentle Tasaday, Connaughty and former co-worker Wes Morden formed Vortex Navigation Company.
THINGS MAKE PATTERNS AS THEY FALL collects two separate sets of VNC's basement tapes. As a result, the album has a distinctly split personality. "Green Pyramid (Things Not Seen)" and "Flying Low Over Green Hills," extended improvisations recorded in Connaughty's "garden basement womb," resume the mystic thread of Salamander. Guitarists Connaughty and Morden engage in fluid telepathic dialog, their entwined lines skirting, skating, and spiraling along thematic figures in trance-like response. Wivinus joins (on drums) on "Europa," a psychotropic colossus that incorporates the tranquility of Popul Vuh, the fervor of Sun Dial, and the ageless melody of "The Little Drummer Boy." VNC recordings made at Morden's house project a very different backwoods folk demeanor. "Holler" and "The Welcoming River" are shadowy and fraught with mystery, while angel-pure harmonies and a luminous blend of acoustic strumming and electric pick-work highlight VNC's reading of the traditional "Down in the Willow Garden."

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 30, 1999

Genre: General

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Camera Obscura Records

UPC: 637329002424

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Things Make Patterns

Performers Vortex Navigation Co.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 30, 1999

Genre: General

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Camera Obscura Records

UPC: 637329002424


Title Track Time
1.Green Pyramid (Things Not Seen) --
2.Holler --
3.Europa --
4.Down in the Willow Garden --
5.Welcoming River, The --
6.Flying Low Over Green Hills --

Editorial Notes

Between 1996 and 1998, Minneapolis-based psychedelic improv unit Salamander was effectively out of commission. Sean Connaughty and Erik Wivinus, two of the musicians behind the collective, kept their 4-track recorders humming with assorted side projects. While Wivinus occupied himself with Gentle Tasaday, Connaughty and former co-worker Wes Morden formed Vortex Navigation Company.
THINGS MAKE PATTERNS AS THEY FALL collects two separate sets of VNC's basement tapes. As a result, the album has a distinctly split personality. "Green Pyramid (Things Not Seen)" and "Flying Low Over Green Hills," extended improvisations recorded in Connaughty's "garden basement womb," resume the mystic thread of Salamander. Guitarists Connaughty and Morden engage in fluid telepathic dialog, their entwined lines skirting, skating, and spiraling along thematic figures in trance-like response. Wivinus joins (on drums) on "Europa," a psychotropic colossus that incorporates the tranquility of Popul Vuh, the fervor of Sun Dial, and the ageless melody of "The Little Drummer Boy." VNC recordings made at Morden's house project a very different backwoods folk demeanor. "Holler" and "The Welcoming River" are shadowy and fraught with mystery, while angel-pure harmonies and a luminous blend of acoustic strumming and electric pick-work highlight VNC's reading of the traditional "Down in the Willow Garden."
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