Grindlestone / Press

“This is really an album of what they used to call Musique Concrete, though I'm sure these guys use comuters and samplers to fold, spindle, stretch, pitch-shift, and otherwise mutilate their "found sounds" into this incredible atonal symphony of noise rather than the tape machines and splicing the original Musique Concrete composers used. This album owes more to the likes of modern classical composers like Gyorgi Ligeti or even more like Basil Kirchin's Worlds Within Worlds. The sounds are unearthly, yet nag at the back of your consciousness as being somehow familiar. These are obviously not synthesizer effects, but manipulations of recorded sounds. You can even occasionally make out a mangled guitar sound. The subtle sounds can best be appreciated using headphone or high-quality ear buds. Mastered by Robert Rich, who clearly "gets it" as to what an like this is supposed to sound like. This album is completely major-league music. But it is completely spectacular and highly recommended!”

" . . . the two have created a musical entity something initially pointing to modern Tangerine Dream or a clever sci-fi soundtrack with the occasional nod to techno. However, the research and development thrust of the collaboration appears to be in maintaining a balance between digital pulse and background wash with a keen grasp on restrained manipulation. The fact that this disc is entitled One implies future work has already begun for the duo's next round of endeavors. "

"Utilizing guitars, bass, and a laundry list of synthesizers, samplers, effects and percussion, Don and Doug have created a space ambient/soundscape/sound exploration album that defies simple categorization. There are 13 tracks, and while they are consistent in their basic sound, there's something very different happening on nearly every track. . . . This is definitely an album that begs multiple listens. Too much variety and so much happening in this music to absorb it all in a single listen. And that's a good thing."

"One is a very pleasant album to listen to, although occasionally the mood gets rather dark. The music is mainly quite minimal and cosmic. All in all, this is a very nice album that is perhaps best to put on if you want to relax and get some distance from the dull everyday life."

"Being newly introduced to this sort of sound by Grindlestone, I guess I would say it is sort of ambient-industrialish. All the different sounds are enticing and kept me wanting to hear more trying to figure out how the sounds were made. Echoes, storms, buzzings, distant voices, creepy stuff all coming together to make a beautiful album that could be a sound track to a movie I've never seen the whole way through, like Stigmata or Gothika or something similar. Very spooky! Had no problem listening to it during daytime driving but quickly turned it off and locked the doors while waiting for a friend at night. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed "Tone". Don't listen to this creepy shit alone."

"If Fripp and Eno's two '70's albums No Pussyfooting and Evening Star had included Edgar Froese from the same time period (when he released Aqua, Epsilon in Malaysian Pale and Macula Transfer), then they would have sounded like One. Grindlestone began in 1999 with Don Falcone (Spirits Burning, etc.) getting together with guitarist (and Guitar Craft alum) Douglas Erickson. Unlike many of Falcone's other projects, this one doesn't have a dozen guest musicians, but is just these two as a duo. This seems to make the music quite a bit more focused and less chaotic than, say, Spirits Burning, which, to be frank, suits me just fine. One is their debut release, and I love it. This is some of the best ambient music I've heard since the '70's by those very bands I just mentioned. For those of you who share my passion for this style, you'll need Grindlestone's One in your collection. I'm hoping for Two some day."