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Richard Francis
'Combinations 1' Cassette
Released by Entr'acte, Belgium, 2015

Liner notes:
"Recorded 2013–14 in Worpswede (at the Künstlerhäuser Worpswede), Rotterdam (at Worm) and Auckland (at my home). Patterns, rhythms and structures, like memories from my surroundings. Thanks to Creative New Zealand for help with travel."


"A few weeks back I reviewed ‘Combinations 2’ by Richard Francis (see Vital Weekly 1011) and I didn’t realize that if there was a ‘Combinations #2’, there might also be a ‘Combinations 1’. There is indeed such a thing, and it’s very much the companion to the one I already heard. It’s about a similar length, around thirty minutes, and has seven pieces. It uses the same modular synthesizer set-up and was also recorded in Worm (Rotterdam) and Worpswede. There is nothing much else going on here that wasn’t on the previous release. A few sounds are used to build a piece and stays lovingly minimal inone place. This is in between that place that is both ambient and noisy, but more the first than the latter, I’d say, but Francis’ music goes quite deep in production terms. A beautiful rumble, a lengthy field, delicate and poetic. This is a great buzz. Like the previous release I played this immediately a second time and for that sake the A and B-side of this are the same; how convenient. One could of course argue that both ‘Combinations’ could have been on one CD release, but I am afraid that would not have worked as well. It’s the limited intake that works best here. That would be too much. Rather play the same twice (here both sides contain the same songs) than the complete thing all at once; that may sound a bit odd, but I found that this worked best for me."
Vital Weekly, The Netherlands, 2016

"Kiwi composer and sound manipulator, Richard Francis presents an intimate collection of lower case electronic abstraction recorded between 2013–14 in Worpswede (at the Künstlerhäuser Worpswede), Rotterdam (at Worm) and at home in Auckland. Unspooling as a collaged, mutably greyscale sequence of fractured bleeps and oxidised tones that call to mind the quietest Bellows or Jim Haynes releases."
Boomkat, UK, 2016