Cross Country Runner explores the sound world of a single runner along the canals and fields of an English landscape. The sonic transformations largely signify the runner’s shift in focus between his internal state and the world around him. The sounds shift from fields and bridges towards blood and breath, culminating in a “transcendent” singularity with runner and environment.
Its formal structure is a meditation on ideas from James Gibson’s Ecological Psychology, in which an organism, embedded in its environment, achieves perception as a result of that interaction.
In this view, the small epilogue that follows, Glint, signifies the emergence of perception as the between the organism and its environment.
For a good look at the Deep South's dark soul and a good example of MCleod's overall work. Jeff is one of Alabama's most prolific performer/composers. A strong heart peering into a hard place. Rick Nance
This music borders dangerously on ambient, but remains compulsively engaging. It isn't the "furniture" of Satie and Eno. Instead it draws the listener into ever more subtle solutions and dust. Rick Nance
I first heard "Light Is A Liquid" in a Berlin concert hall. A surprise from Georgia. Later came "The Wind at Beni Midar". A cellist told me it was a "significant contribution to the cello repertoire" Rick Nance