mirrored cell for chameleon

wobbly and thomas dimuzio


2016 mp3


...recorded live on the radio, and it portrays all that ambient music has to offer.” —SF Weekly

SF Weekly

Some 35 years ago, Don Joyce, member of legendary Bay Area experimental musicians-slash-cultural pranksters Negativland, launched a radio show on KPFA called Over The Edge. OTE, which Joyce commandeered every week until his passing in 2015, is essentially a platform for experimental music broadcast live on radio.

After Joyce's passing, veteran experimental musician and newfound Negativland member Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly) became steward of OTE and refocused it on live electronic music performance. Mirrored Cell for Chameleon is a 45-minute collaborative work between Leidecker and Thomas Dimuzio, recorded live on the radio, and it portrays all that ambient music has to offer.

Chameleon is a soothing alabaster listen. There are no hooks and often no rhythms, and its beginning and end seem totally arbitrary. Chameleon, like all fine ambient music, is an expression of musical infinity. Monolithic in sound and feeling, listening to Chameleon will make time stop.

I suspect some listeners may find Chameleon a "boring" listen. To that, all I can offer are John Cage's immortal words: "If something is boring for two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all."—Chris Zaldua