by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
Everything about TRANSMUTING CURRENTS is as perfect as a debut in the ambient genre can be, from the stunningly beautiful and detailed packaging to every note of music contained inside. "Transmigrate" starts the show in unassuming fashion, black waters ebbing and flowing as vibrating dark synths undulate beneath. A pounding tribal beat edges forward into the mix, without overpowering the pleasing assortment of organic sounds. In contrast, "Ripple Effect" quickly moves into a potent tribal rhythm that serves as the centerpiece, setting the hypnotic tone almost right from the start. "Cove" drips with misty atmosphere, some sounds gently raining down while others swirl around you. "Tide Pool" paints beautifully murky sound pictures as well. This one is more sound collage than music, but no less absorbing as it bubbles and churns. Taking things down another notch is "Water Cairn 1", as the music strips itself down to minimal bare ambience. Water makes a great theme for ambient music, and Vorus makes use of it without pretense or cliche. "Swampland Dub" brings back structure as things again turn very tribal, with percussion that will greatly appeal to fans of ethnoambient works by Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Loren Nerell and the like. Speaking of Roach, he produced two tracks, co-produced the CD, and did all the mixing at the Timeroom. TRANSMUTING CURRENTS is excellent, an instant classic.