With a work such as RJ Valeos Atman there are many things we could call to your attention. We could call out the fact that the title, Atman, has two very different meanings depending on if you choose the Hindu or the Buddhist translation. We could talk about how Atmans compositions have been inspired by modern art movements and minimalist composers such as the Bauhaus movement and Steve Reich, and has been informed by modern electronic artists such as The Orb and SND. We could also note that Valeo creates and maintains his own unique musical voice throughout the entire release drawing ideas from but never copying his influences. We could comment on the lack of obvious musical references to techno on this release. Quite surprising given Valeos releases as Isomer Transition which have made their way on to two separate Fabric mix CDs in 2009.
We could eloquently point out that the compositions on this album have sounds that were sourced from field recordings, hardware synths, software processing, were sampled from old vinyl records, and are from recording sessions with musicians Trevor Sias and Justin Michael Miller. We could proudly tell you that it took over two years to compose and record, and made extensive use of a compositional technique Valeo has developed, a technique he calls live performance capture. We could say all of these things.
We could do all of this, but we wont.
What we will do is ask that you allow yourself the luxury of time to experience Atman as a complete work.
We humbly thank you, and are grateful for your attention in these matters.