Christina Vantzou and John Also Bennett’s musical interpretation of Thoughts of a Dot as it Travels a Surface, a 90m panoramic wall drawing by Zin Taylor, is a beautiful electro-acoustic meditation on the passage of time. It was recorded live at Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, Germany, May 6th, 2017, and now finds its way onto vinyl via the supremely keen-eared Shelter Press.
Following their co-work on her No. 3 album, Christina Vantzou brings a wealth of experience
working between auditory and visual mediums to John Also Bennett’s synthesized and acoustic
sound sensitivities, which have recently applied to his action in the Forma trio and a compilation
of Pauline Anna Strom’s amazing Trans-Millenia Music for RVNG Intl, with a purposefully slow and
immersive flow of acoustic piano and flute wrapped up in remarkably plasmic, spatially detailed
In 10 parts, thru a combination of literal track titles and abstracted allegorical inference, they
describe the movement and feelings evinced by Zin Taylor’s massive tableaux, variously
transposing his imagery of Cactus with Vent into webs of crystalline harmonics that acquiesce to
brownian motion, or, as with the transition of Alfred Hitchcock Haze to Rock House With Door, a
vividly synaesthetic transcription of figurative drawing to brooding, doomily Lynchian sound that
brings to mind a wealth of captivatingly dank and alien imagery.
The package includes a miniaturised print of Zin Taylor’s Thoughts of a Dot as it Travels a Surface
to peruse while you listen, so that you, like Christina and Bennett, can also make your own
interpretation, and see how far their sonic translation differs with your own. Or then again, you
could ignore it entirely and let yourself drift inside their modestly subtle, free-formed dimensions
without the cues. Either way, you’re in for a beautiful, open-ended and unpredictable trip.