Animation is the band originally founded in 1998 by multiple Grammy winner Bob Belden and Tim Hagans, which over the years featured musicians of the caliber of Scott Kinsey (of TribalTech), Matt Garrison, KJ Sawka (now with Pendulum), DJ Logic, Guy Licata (of Method of Defiance) and several others.
At the root of Animation's sound is a sophisticated layering of hard bop and drum'n'bass.The current and most radical lineup has coalesced around Bob Belden on sax, Peter Clagett on trumpet, Jacob Smith on bass, Roberto Verastegui on keyboards + samplers and Matt Young on drums.
(Excerpts from Bill Milkowski's liner notes)
Tragically, this was Bob Belden’s last recording before his premature passing May 20th 2015. Listening to this darkly dystopian concept album made me wonder:
What would Miles Davis have done had he lived long enough to create the soundtrack to Matrix?
Belden’s text for Elling reads like an excerpt from Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” which later became the literary source for the 1982 Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner. And the darkly foreboding music, performed by Pete Claggett on muted trumpet, Roberto Verastegui on electric keyboard, Matt Young on drums, Belden on soprano sax and Bill Laswell on electric bass guitar, takes part of its inspiration from Miles Davis’ 32-minute ambient requiem for the recently-deceased Duke Ellington, “He Loved Him Madly” (from 1974’s Get Up With It).
Can a machine dream?
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Transparent Heart features Animation in its new and energetic lineup: bandleader Bob Belden went back to his Alma Mater, The University of Texas, to find a new generation of musicians (Pete Clagett on trumpet, Jacob Smith on bass, Roberto Verastegui on keyboards and Matt Young on drums) and thus rejuvenate the band in order to embrace a new story-telling challenge - the history of Manhattan's last 35 years as seen through his eyes.
From discrimination to isolation to destruction and opposition to gentrification, Transparent Heart is Bob Belden's ode to his muse. Memory filtered through the adoption of a ruthless technological template and served with an intensity that pairs with that offered by Miles in the early 70's.
As stated by Bob in an early interview it is “…a proto-technological aural narrative of Manhattan as it descends into an urban paranoid police state using a post-electronica template and applying an ‘out for blood’ attitude of the next generation of jazz musicians into a sound that is beyond description and is performed at the most intense level imaginable. Its a biographical look at the city from my perspective of living here 30 years straight in a row through all of the social upheavals that created a visual sound of the city”
The (medio) Asiento is a fundamental stage in the development of a Santero's spiritual path. It is both a point of arrival and a point of departure.
In the same way, the music on Animation's Asiento is both a point of arrival and one of departure for bandleader Bob Belden. It represents the first (live) recording by the band after a long hiatus and the last with the formation comprising Tim Hagans on trumpet, DJ Logic on turntables, Scott Kinsey on keyboards, Matt Garrison on bass and Guy Licata on drums.
Asiento is a re-interpretation of Miles Davis' seminal work Bitches Brew as seen through the Spyglass of Animation's hardbop + drum'n'bass aesthetic.
Disc 1 of Agemo is Animation | Asiento mixed by Mike Brady with 3D60™ technology for an overwhelming 3-Dimensional Sound Experience - To be listened to with Headphones!
Disc 2 of Agemo are Remixes of the six tracks of Animation | Asiento by Bill Laswell, DJ Logic, Youth, Gaudi, Fanu and Joaquin "Joe" Claussell.
Agemo is dedicated to the Memory of Dora Ramos Claussell and Manuel Claussell (2011)
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