Phosphorus is element number 15 and the second of the so called pnictogens, which are the elements of group 15. Phosphorus is found just below Nitrogen, and both are classified as “non-metals”. This negative classification name indeed is used simply for all elements not fitting into the other categories, which are metals (alkali-, alkaline earth-, post transition-, heavy transition-, refractory-, and the noble metals), metalloids, lanthanoids, actinoids, halogens and noble gasses. Other classifications also speak of rare earth metals, of superheavy elements, and even of ephemeral elements.
A reflection of and on the volatile basic nature of the element Phosphorus can be found in the sparkling and resonant distorted sounds used overall. In all three parts a variety of rhythmic elements arise and decay. In view of the overall presence of the complete spectrum of sound, this album comes close to being a kind of sculpted noise.
This has been achieved in two ways: by sculpting noise from various sources (white, pink, brown) into resonances, and by sculpting and distorting resonances and sounds into noisiness. Both latest and more traditional electronic modular technologies have been used to achieve this.
Among the inspirations for this album have been works such as Sisyphus by Pink Floyd (which was on the very first record the composer ever bought in his life), Free Form Guitar by Chicago, and the overall sound explorations of many of the later Jimi Hendrix solos. Van Dillen found works such as these to capture best the basic nature of the character of the element Phosphorus in sound.
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