Innerstellar by Gordon Rhyne "Zero Ohms," 2000 Zero Ohms, P.O. Box 1641, Collierville, Tenn. 38027 Most of us esoteric music fans have heard the sounds of Tibetan and Central Asian "throat-singers" who can bring out overtones while they chant. Others of us might recall David Hykes and his "Harmonic Choir" who used overtone voices in a well-known New Age album some years ago. Gordon Rhyne, in Innerstellar, tries the same thing, but he's doing it all by himself. Only in one longish track does he allow any accompaniment, and that is only a soft synthesizer drone.
It's certainly an experience to hear what one man's voice can do. He can sound like anything from whistling wind, to snoring, to humming, to cattle in the fields, and even mechanical sounds like airplanes or leaf-blowers. Not all these sounds are pleasant. A little of this vocal experimentation goes a long way. In small doses, it has an exotic, hypnotic quality. But a whole 69- minute album of it is quite a trial to listen to, unless you are really a fan of this kind of thing. I would recommend this album only to those listeners who like Central Asian vocalizations or ambient "drone" sounds. For anyone else, it is just plain weird.
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