, by Robert Rich
and B. Lustmord
, is one of the darkest e-music CDs ever. The title refers to a film by Andre Tarkovsky, not, as many folks believe, to a stalker. It is "a guide to possible interpretations of ambivalent reality" where nothing is as it seems. Its purpose is to "illuminate...and decode this landscape of fractured density." That is pretty heady stuff. And, while this is a very dark CD, it is also intelligent and structured. Rich
has a knack for making his sound designs sound like they are free-form. Lustmord
is known for his dark ambience. Together, they have created a challenging CD. It is one of the best of the genre. Only Jeff Pearce
, Alio Die
, Mathias Grassow
, and James Johnson are at this level.