This is a reshaped collection taken from the original ‘On Acid Too‘.
A few of the tracks (New One, Smoking Kills and the cinematic Arnhem) are unchanged while the other tracks appear here in slightly modified form.
In addition Adrian has written four new pieces for the album. First One Out (in the usual Paperhouse style) and Smoking Kills II (a congestion of rhythm, noise and orchestration based on the original piece) are as expected, but it’s the other two short pieces of Baroque/Chamber music that make you sit up and listen. All in all a better collection than version one, and the sound is a marked improvement. Well worth the money.
“F*** Reason – I love Acid Pro“, it’s a great learning tool and a real plaything when it comes to composing. Pasting factory samples together with no tempo or time-stretching hassle to worry about is the most innovative idea anyone anywhere ever invented in the realm of music software – even Zappa would’ve agreed with that; and once you’ve got the hang of it you get to experiment with it too. Slicing, reassembling, recording your own samples and generally having FUN while ‘writing‘ music.
It’s ultra-lo-fi – unless your computer’s absolutely top of the range – but who cares as long as the music’s good and the sound’s clear. It wasn’t so long ago that the only way to produce anything in the electronic or dance fields was to hire an expensive studio; and – possibly because of that – peoples perception of a good quality recording became distorted. ‘If the sound don’t kick, it must be sh*t‘… which we all know is the kind of blinkered perception employed by quality junkies and music snobs.
Listen to the sound on early Beatles or Rolling Stones records; it aint crystal clear, but it’s still timeless and worth a listen. The quality of the music – the product – outweighs the quality of the sound. “F it, where’s the sense of adventure and experimentation?” “Where’s the sound of doing it yourself in your own little space?“