Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Phil Kline' Around the World in a Daze is a landmark work, written specifically for high-resolution surround sound. Daze features many of Kline's aural trademarks and while the surround sound technology affects the way that the sonic arsenal is deployed, the piece is not about technology. It is music - first and foremost.
Phil Kline's Around the World in a Daze, a 65-minute studio composition commissioned by Starkland, is likely the largest work ever commissioned for a high-resolution surround sound recording. "A special-project disk in which Kline created, out of extravagant electronic means... an audio-visual feast that balances hipster zen with the seriousness of Bach and Wagner" (The New Yorker). "This adventurous music... ranges widely from ambient recordings that are surprisingly musical, to complex constructions that emerge as lyrical... The accompanying DVD offers... a fascinating interview with Kline" (Stereophile). "A set of sensational études" (New York Magazine). "Mr. Kline, the electronic experimenter who deploys fleets of boomboxes to achieve his preferred textures, is hard at work" (New York Times). "Our always adventuresome friends at Starkland have outdone themselves this time" (Sequenza21). "Congratulations to Starkland for releasing this extraordinary and well-documented release" (Vital Weekly).
Personnel: Phil Kline (vocals, strings, percussion, electronics).
Audio Mixer: Bradford Reed.
Liner Note Authors: John A. Schaefer; Phil Kline.
Recording information: Dzanga, Central African Republic; FT; Henry Street at Rutgers; Lb Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Zurich station.