A mono recording of a multi-channel installation piece, ‘Filtered Water’ is probably the most unusual addition to Mullen’s catalog, and definitely the most hypnotic. Recorded in the Hudson Valley, the album blends field recordings, feedback, and tape collage to create a deeply immersive sound environment. This is a record that reveals itself slowly, and uses the most spare of materials. Everyday sounds like a passing train or a far off party are subsumed by the music, and the raw sounds of nature are tempered by electronic processes. Luckily, Mullen’s signature musical sensitivity prevents this extended experimental piece from ever becoming trying or indulgent. It is honest, textured sound and far more beautiful than a description can attest.
Geoff Mullen is one of New England’s most impressive sonic innovators, and Filtered Water offers a fascinating glimpse into his unique sound world.