Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

January 2007
No regular brain can pretend to be able to absorb the thousands of rapid changes of scenery that this incredible piece presents in over 77 minutes at a first try. a four-part acousmatic wonder by the duo of Richard Barrett and Paul Obermayer, who have created a “composite” of two live performances to give birth to this beguiling million-headed monster... The unbelievably quick yet totally intelligible hypermutation of the sources gives the music a head-spinning quality... an alternative conception of music that probably belongs to those not afraid to radically change their listening perspectives when necessary. Although there is not a single peaceful moment throughout the album, every percussive eruption, warped voice or instrumental alteration seems to be placed right where it’s needed... I can’t remember a more interesting recent release in this genre... Amazing.