Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries (1984) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:01 minutes | Scans included | 1,53 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 781 MB
Mastered by Kevin Gray | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-218 | Genre: New Age
Michael Alden Hedges was an American composer, acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter. Hedges’ first two recordings for Windham Hill – Breakfast in the Field and Aerial Boundaries – were milestones for the acoustic guitar. Presented here – Aerial Boundaries was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Engineered Recording.
This is the finest album from Michael Hedges, the man who is responsible for the greatest revolution in solo acoustic guitar playing since Leo Kottke. There are moments on Aerial Boundaries where it seems literally impossible that so much music is coming from one man and his guitar. Attacking his instrument, snapping strings, banging on the fingerboard with his right hand, Hedges plays supremely beautiful music with the technique of a deranged lunatic. It has been said that genius is at least one part madness – although a questionable assertion in general terms – when applied to Hedges and his music, the analogy holds. The songs on Aerial Boundaries are all beautiful and haunting in their own right; and it is this emphasis on composition over technique that makes this such an important recording. Hedges makes the breadth of his musical interest known by the inclusion of the extremely interesting electronic piece, “Spare Change.” Even though the liner notes assure the listener that the guitar is the origin for every sound heard, Hedges has electronically manipulated some of them to an almost unrecognizable point, yet he has still managed to create music of untarnished beauty. There is something of the music of minimalist Steve Reich’s (thanked in the liner notes) in this track, as the cycling, overlapping guitar tracks are almost trance-like in their repetitiveness, yet utterly musical in their constant revelations. Aerial Boundaries is simply one of the finest acoustic guitar albums ever made, and deserves a place in the library of all serious music fans.
01. Aerial Boundaries
03. Rickover’s Dream
05. After The Gold Rush
06. Hot Type
07. Spare Change
08. Ménage À Trois
09. The Magic Farmer
Mastered for SACD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.