Santa Fe,New Mexico
Glen Neff-Chains to the Moon
Santa Fe/Madrid musician and painter Glen Neff fuses his love of instrumental improvisation with a steady hand in the digital studio on his new 11-track album of globally influenced electronic music. For once-devout followers of the ambient/chill movement that nearly dominated local radio airwaves in Santa Fe a few years ago, Neff’s work will tickle that perhaps-dormant spot in your ear canal in some pretty intriguing ways. While there is a heft of traditional African, Punjabi-Bhangra, Eastern European and Middle Eastern influence running through the album’s rhythmic and vocal-sample veins, Neff deftly adds more contemporary meat to the musical muscle, with layers upon layers of synth, live instruments, effects, drum programming and out-of-left-field genre inclusions. It takes a careful listen to sift the latter out, but it’s worth the ride if you want a mellow escape. Trivia time: In March, some of Neff’s music was added to the workable library of the Omnicom Group, one of the largest advertising conglomerates in the world. Some of his work is also featured on the roster of LA imprint Jamboe Entertainment. Both do a sturdy business in atmospheric-music sales. So the next time you open an app or walk through the lobby of a spa, hotel, mall or restaurant, you may be listening to Neff’s music on the PA. It beats Kenny G. (RDW)
With an extra measure of jazz chops,Glen Neff is head and shoulders above the Budd/Eno clones in his sophisticated use of harmonics,rhythm's and synth voicings. His music is as adventurous and lively as much of that other stuff is predictable and cumbersome. Synthesist Neff is a true improvisor and a reflexive expert at reacting to himself on tape. This one-man interactivity is compelling in and of itself, but really counts are the basic building blocks of Neff's music- the notes themselves. Since the the compositions are initiated spontaneously and later embellished, the musical mind of the initiator had best be fertile. Tis'. Neff,to a degree, shows the results of a jazz background in his extemporaneous melodicism , but he hasn't got a bunch of rote bop licks to trot out. The innocence of his lines works extraordinarily well with the complexity of his construction. The more traditional textures , the ones to which words like "majestic" are usually applied are here made into something more substantial, thanks once again to Neff's melodic ingenuity and a decidedly avante-garde bent in the peripheral activity, plenty for an inquisitive brain to chew on." Mike Keneally(Frank Zappa) Reader-San Diego
Comments by Glen Neff-The Sound Poet
@patlind-productions: Yep...still painting
@patlind-productions: sort of like painting a watercolor!