I've always loved the sound of the board, but one morning on the way to work, riding a one piece, oak "Bama Boogie" board and wearing headphones, I noticed that my balance was off. I assumed it was some inner-ear-balance-smear from big volume. I took the headphones off and noticed that the real problem was, unknown to me, I normally listened to the board to give me my position on it, and not hearing the board confused things. I spent the rest of the trip to work walking back and forth across the board listening to the spectral shifts of sound of wood, speed, asphalt and PVC wheels.
The field samples in this piece are recorded from skaters in Birmingham, Alabama, Bangor Wales, Berlin, and Birmingham UK. The studio samples were recorded in the studios of the University of Wales, Bangor. Some of the skaters were me, Jimmy Tracy, and some people down at the Slab, an ex-industrial site of concrete pads and walls from former Birmingham steel days.
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