Daniel WJ Mackenzie - Return Written Arrange - CD (2011)

Labels: Runningonair Music
Review by: Captain Fidanza

This is the third release from Runningonair Music that AM has sent me so by now I would be hoping to have secured some sort of handle on things. The last album was the extraordinary “œSymmetry Breaking” which brought with it the added conundrum of Le Cercle Rouge, something I’ve still not managed to come to terms with despite lengthy sessions of thought in a sound-proofed concentrating booth.

A note which accompanies this album helpfully explains that two of the tracks are based on the Fibonacci sequence, the early section of which is reproduced here:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657, 46368, 75025, 121393, 196418, 317811…

Now for those of you who, like me, happen to find this level of mathematics almost as terrifying as that piece in “œThe Shining” when Danny’s having a nice time playing some darts and those weird kids walk in holding hands, look at him for a bit and then just walk out, don’t worry, because this album somehow manages to make the musical interpretation of advanced mathematical formulae enormously soothing.

Just in case you weren’t already crying at how weird and maths-based so much of these proceedings are already, Daniel W J Mckenzie has also included four compositions with the following titles:

N.a.c.a.l. i
N.a.c.a.l. ii
N.a.c.a.l. iii
N.a.c.a.l. iiii

At the very moment I saw this, I was sure that several more days in the sound-proofed concentrating booth lay ahead of me, but fortunately, on the note which accompanies the album, is a short poem which acts as a key to these song titles.

Now all colours are lost.