Counterspark – The Halpern Experiment (Resting Bell)

on Friday, 12 March 2010

Much like previous Resting Bell release, Herzogs "First Summer and the Running Dream" Countersparks The Halpern Experiment is a truly encapsulating listen.

Cooked up from a series of Cassettes purchased second hand Counterspark has manged to transform these pieces into a dreamy brilliance. The kind of drone that demands to be listened to with headphones, turned up loud, melting your brain into a dreamy rapture. Amazing stuff.

Counterspark - The Halpern Experiment Full Album Download

What Resting Bell Said :
Counterspark is the solo project of Johnny Utterback of Richmond, Virginia. A visual artist by trade, Johnny began experimenting in sound in 2006. From that point on, Counterspark has been a project of experimentation in the world electronic music. Rich textures and lush soundscapes with an underlying tone of optimism are all intertwined into the melancholy compositions that are Counterspark.

The sounds of The Halpern Experiment were sourced from a “healing sounds” cassette, found in a thrift store amongst the piles of one hit wonders. Not finding any value in the cassette’s listening experience, the tape was cut into loops and abstracted. With the focus on the textural elements of the tape and relationships of the melodies, the project became a healing method in itself. Providing refuge from reality in a swirling world of analog color and warmth, The Halpern Experiment was two years in the making.

With mastering by Tanner Menard, the eight movements truly come to life.


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