Bruce Gilbert & BAW

Diluvial

By Daniel SylvesterAlthough Bruce Gilbert is primarily known for his guitar work with his former band, Wire, the English native has been heavily involved in the visual and performance arts scene since the early '70s. Bruce's latest project, Diluvial, is a high concept (sometimes indistinct) collaboration with sound artists David Crawford and Naomi Siderfin, of Beaconsfield ArtWorks (BAW). Reinterpreting Siderfin's score and field recordings, Gilbert and Crawford crafted seven electroacoustic soundscapes constructed upon themes concerning climate change and creation stories. As a single element in an installation, Diluvial holds up well, spreading wafting silence and sprawling minimal movements across much of the hour-plus LP, as Gilbert and Crawford follow similar ebb-and-flow methods to flesh out each track. However, it's Gilbert and Crawford's singular focus and immaterial acceptance of Siderfin's stock footage that make Diluvial a captivating and intriguing piece of art.
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