O-Type: Western Classics
O-Type is members of the legendary and iconoclast MX-80 sans singer Rich Stim. Here Bay Area guitarist / bassist Bruce Anderson, sampler/sound sculptor Dale Sophiea, Jim Hrabetin (guitar, bass) and dual drums of Dave Mahoney and Marc Weinstein facilitate a dark venture into electronic ambient tendencies within a six-string frame that references the sustained tones of Morton Feldman to Ennio Morricone. Western Classics is not a tribute per se to the films represented as song titles ("Mean Streets," "The Searchers," "Out of the Past") though each musical venture takes a nod to the cinematic view before remorphing and adding fields of abstraction. Western Classics is the fifth release in O-Type's New Edge Series of ambient music that contained previous albums "Lugubrious," "Medication," "Balkana: Brutality II" and "Strict." The final piece "McCabe & Mrs. Miller (with deleted scenes)" pools together the members' three decades of musical research of minimalism, sound collage, music concrete, and composition into a 30-minute epic that stands above and without association with any current musical trends or scenes.
The fourth release in the five part New Edge series by MX-80 Sound members Bruce Anderson, Dale Sophiea, Dave Mahoney, and Marc Weinstein. The first to be released under the O-Type name."Ranging from ambient hum/roar like being inside of a dam or in an ancient submarine; to Japanese drone and gong suspense frozen in the afterlife ... Dark ominous ambient soundscapes drift or sputter into colorful phosphorescent movement. Some pieces feel like distant deep space; others heat up and pulse like lava flowing on its thick fluid path." -- Dream Magazine