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Here is a short review of Safe Passage.

J.C. Combs


Electroshock Records


Llamativo trabajo experimental, basado en la combinación de técnicas de collage sonoro con audiopaisajes urbanos y atmósferas musicales.

Las piezas, con títulos como por ejemplo “Trinity 666 – The Last Train to Hell” (que cierra el disco), “November 13, 2009”, o “The Giant Eye of the 5th Dimension”, son como audiorretratos, algunos realistas, otros con toques sobrenaturales, que oscilan entre los aires costumbristas y el Ambient oscuro, además de entre otras influencias.


A remarkable experimental work based in the combination of techniques of collage of sound with urban audio passages and musical atmospheres, this is a noteworthy album. The themes, with such titles as for example “Trinity 666 – The Last Train to Hell” (closing the album), “November 13, 2009”, or “The Giant Eye of the 5th Dimension”, are some sort of audio portraits, some realistic, others with supernatural touches, flowing from folk airs and dark ambient among other influences. – DOMINIQUE CHEVANT –

Since the release of “Safe Passage,” I’ve been in a strange position of having too much work completed. Thankfully there is “ImprovFriday,” which fills the void while taking a break from composition. “Minstrel Nomadic” (my next solo release) and “Confessions of a Deviant Machine” (collaboration with Lee Noyes) are done. In fact we’re at the album art stage. So, killing time, I’ve been tracking my CDs travels. In the short time its been out, its aired on radio and received one brief review from François Couture‘s site:

J.C. COMBS / Safe Passage (Electroshock Records)

Safe Passage propose dix collages sonores constitués de sons trouvés et d’enregistrements “accidentels”. Unebelle galerie de scènes du quotidien transformées en moments surréalistes. Il faudra que lui consacre une écoute plus attentive, parce qu’il a tendance à se fondre dans le décor, mais il y a du potentiel.

Safe Passage features ten sound collages made from found sounds and “accidental recordings”. A fine gallery of daily scenes turned into surreal moments. I need to devote a more dedicated listen to this record, as it tends to blend into the background, but it definitely has potential.

Dear Readers,

I am very proud to announce that my latest CD titled, “Safe Passage,” was released on the Electroshock Records label on April 12, 2010.

Some of you might remember a new release back around December 2009 titled “ImprovFriday Sessions” which I had just loaded to Bandcamp. That, in essence, is the same album minus two additional works that were added to “Safe Passage.” After connecting with Artemiy Artemiev, the plan was put into place to release “IF Sessions” as “Safe Passage” on the Electroshock label for greater promotional potential.  Suffice it to say, I am very thrilled to be working with Artemiy.

Now about the album: “Safe Passage” is a study of my period of growth into hybrid of electroacoustic, sound art, synthesis, music concrete and collage. The creation process primarily took place around the event “ImprovFriday” and the transformation in style from my recent piano works was inspired by a meeting at a small Ballard pub called Molly Maguires with Christopher DeLaurenti and Steven Barsotti, the attendance of a great performance by “The Seattle Phonographers Union” and a one month new music study with Gust Burns.

I also have two albums to be announced in the future that I am very excited about – including a collaboration with Lee Noyes out of New Zealand.  For a little preview into what Lee brings to the table, have a videe (he’s on drums).