Compendium – Old Apparatus

Too Much Pink Floyd

The long story is how I stumbled into this “album,” as I’m unsure of what it is, exactly. Ambient? Trance? Loosely labeled as “Dark Electronica,” but frankly, I don’t get that.

Compendium – Old Apparatus

This CD was playing when I wandered, quite literally, into a CD/music store near downtown Seattle. Strange place, one of the “under going gentrification” neighborhoods, be my guess, a little old school, a little urban decay, just part of a wandering miscellany from my ancillary travels.

I poked around in the CD bins, the place was clean, but haphazard, like, maybe there was a pet cat in the store. There seemed to be a limited system of musical taxonomy with the sorting and filing system; although, to be direct, there was an obvious love of music by the owner/operator, the sole proprietor behind the counter.

Compendium – Old Apparatus

This was the audio background, and the man behind the counter, around my age, around my build, perhaps two shades thinner, maybe, he was sitting on a stool and poking at something on computer’s screen, he sized me up, answered when I quizzed about the taxonomy, and then offered to sell me the CD that was playing.

I bought it. Paid full retail, didn’t even try to negotiate a deal. Sure, it had been opened, but it seemed like a limited edition, and it was a rarity, to my mind. Something odd about the sound track.

More odd, the longer I listened to it. When I got home, ripped it onto the iTunes, then played it through the computer’s (detached) speakers. Ambient, background, sort of a “found objects” of sound. Some vocal, some musical, more an arrangement or composition instead of a traditional “album.”

Glad I bought it. Turned out to be quite delicious.

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