written by Jim Brenholts for Ambient Visions
Dean Santomieri - The Boy Beneath the Sea [Fou.12] The Foundry/Hypnos
"The Boy Beneath the Sea" is an enigmatic ambient saga coordinated by Dean Santomieri. He narrates the story. Improvisations by Bruce Anderson (chromotone guitar), David Kwan (sampling, processing and tidal control) and Karen Stackpole (percussion and gongs) surround Deanıs narration.
This is an eerie and eclectic construction. The entire project borders on the avante garde and the nouveau noir. The story is interesting and offbeat. The music, while straightforward at times, benefits from Davidıs processing and pre-mastering techniques and from Deanıs direction and production control. Keeping the focus on the music is difficult. The story is very cool and Deanıs narrative style is hypnotic. The music is very worthy. The experimental sounds and overt minimalism serve the story very well. It IS the background. It DEFINES the background. Thus, it is definitive ambience.
It IS possible to play this CD as a pure background. To do so would be to miss the story. This is a cool experience. It demands total attention!