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TransAtlantic Collaboration

by Re:Cooperation

Ambient, Soundscapes, Trance
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Thing2
3:50 $0.99
2. Thing3
6:03 $0.99
3. Thing4
7:11 $0.99
4. And Then This
2:09 $0.99
5. Time To Spare
4:23 $0.99
6. Garage Gamelan
2:02 $0.99
7. Delayed In Traffic
5:33 $0.99
8. There And Back And There Again
4:10 $0.99
9. East of Ealing
4:17 $0.99
10. Between Breaks
4:51 $0.99
11. Re:Cooperation Part One
3:01 $0.99
12. Re:Cooperation: Part Two
6:02 $0.99
13. Texas Trees
1:34 $0.99
14. Never Enough part One
2:21 $0.99
15. Never Enough Part Two
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Album Notes
TransCollaboration is the five year project of David Cooper Orton (England) and James H. Sidlo (USA). David and James started this project out of mutual interests in looping, having "met" on The Looper's Delight mailing list. Looper's Delight is an open on-line forum for samplists to discuss different techniques and ideas concerning the looping of music and sound.

James proposed a joint project with David that would entail the trading of tapes with ideas. The end result is the cd ReCooperation: TransCollaboration. A release representing the progressive diversity from Uncle Buzz Records and Dogfingers Productions.

Together they create sound collages-aural landscapes-which initially traced the contours mapped-out by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, but gradually moved-on to circumnavigate vistas of their own diving, which increasingly meander towards more urban environs.



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Serge Tikhanoff /

brilliant work
Re: Cooperation Transcollaboration is perfectly brilliant work - incredibly powerful impression!

Dusted Magazine

Long-Distance Creation
In many ways Re:Cooperation makes me nostalgic for a time, not so long ago, when musical experimentation and discovery were alive with a relaxed open-mindedness, sans ideological or socio-musico-intellectual axes to grind. What I find refreshing here is that this is music made by two artists who seem to have no agenda beyond that of following sound and music into evocative and interesting new places.

pam stevens /

Very interesting mix of music
It goes fabulously with a sundown whilst riding a ferry!


This is the five-year transatlantic collaboration between David Cooper Orton and James H. Sidlo. Orton plays and/or handles e-bowed and electric guitars, loops, software manipulation, and drum pattern programming while Sidlo plays and/or handles guitars, standard and fretless bass, loops, and atmospherics. As you might guess from the instruments and programs used, this is an experimental project consisting mostly of electronic manipulation and sound effects. As such, the two players are treading territory originally chartered by Brian Eno and Robert that the stringed instruments are manipulated in unusual ways. The first half of this disc flows along in with a meditative sort of flow. In the second half, the duo introduces rhythms. For our money, the tracks without percussion work best. Prime cuts: "Thing2," "Thing3," "Thing4," "Time To Spare," "Never Enough Part One." (Rating: 4++)

John Scalzi, Writer/Editor, IndieCrit

drony, atmospheric
Now, here are two guys after my own geeky heart: David Cooper Orton and James Sidlo are musicians who "met" online (on a discussion forum about sound loops) and decided to work together by sending each other tapes. The end result is a long spacey album, with 15 tracks of  Eno-y goodness.

And it is goodness. You have to be the sort of person who gets off on drony, atmospheric repetition, long, drawn-out synth pads and choruses, and evanescent, flittery guitar, but as it just so happens, I'm that person. Anyone wanting their music to go somewhere and do something is advised to listen to something a smidgen more purposeful; however, if every now and then you like putting on something and then just thinking about, like, the universe and stuff, this is the CD to get you cogitating.

Dave Niddrie/

Forget Late Nights
Forget late nights, this is the glint in your eye as the wing tips below the horizon. Like a postcard from the estranged family member, the one who can't keep his head from spinning, round the bend of what is lucid - towards what is far from. Re:Cooperation have taken the concept of file swapping offline to create a wonderous work of mutation and the result is pure communion.

Aural-Innovations/Jeff Fitzgerald

despite it's melodic touches...retains an adventurous and experimental edge
From Aural Innovations #23 (April 2003)

As the album title and the name of the artist suggests, Transcollaboration is the combined efforts of U.K.’s David Cooper Orton, and James Sidlo from the U.S. Sidlo may be familiar to some readers as a member of psychedelic space unit Pseudo Buddha. The two musicians “met” on a mailing list for those interested in looping, and decided to collaborate on a ‘cross the pond project.

Just by chance, I had been listening to Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music For Airports just before I popped this disc into my player, and the two dovetailed quite nicely together. Like Eno’s classic ambient experiments, Cooper Orton and Sidlo use loops of ambient sound to construct their atmospheric and spacious compositions, but also layer them with guitar, bass, and percussion. The first three pieces, amusingly titled Thing2, 3 and 4 (what happened to Thing1?) especially echo the Eno influence, but after that, the two musicians branch out, exploring their own looping space jazz territory.

Since both musicians play guitar, it’s often the lead instrument in the music, although “lead” is not always an accurate term, since, in the more ambient pieces, no single instrument really plays above the rest in a soloing manner. Instead, the instrumental voices blend together into a sonic melange, but never to the extent where they are drowning each other out. Like in the music of Sidlo’s Pseudo Buddha, each instrument has it’s own clear voice while playing off the others, all in a very subtle but effective manner.

That, of course, changes somewhat later on. In the latter half of the album, Cooper Orton and Sidlo diverge away from a strictly ambient approach, adding breezy rhythms and upbeat percussion, such as on There and Back and There Again, which utilizes a trippy beat to go along with the bass, guitar, and atmospherics and East of Ealing, a bright number that reminded me a little of early Penguin Café Orchestra, with a jazzy edge. One of my favorite pieces was the two-part title track. Re: Cooperation Part 1 is a reflective soundscape with the electric guitar taking the pensive lead, backed by subtle atmospherics. It blends seamlessly into Part 2, where eccentric rhythms, hints of electronics, and sometimes enchanting, sometimes eerie loops weave through the mix.

I liked the fact that, despite it’s melodic touches and soothing nature, Re: Cooperation always retained an adventurous and experimental edge, never allowing itself to become overwhelmed with its more accessible aspirations, always remaining fresh and interesting. It’s a safe bet, that if you like artists like Eno and Penguin Café Orchestra, you’ll find plenty to enjoy on this album

Echo From Esoterica

Spooky Haunted House Cadences
There are all sorts of sounds to be heard on TransCollaboration. From the spacey, beautiful guitars found on "Thing2" to the hypnotic, trancey flourishes of "Thing4" and the other-worldly tones of "Time To Spare", this is certainly music to get lost in. But don't chalk it up to New Age bullshit, please. This is music that breaks barriers, reforming into and onto itself with each passing note. There's the spooky haunted house cadences of "Garage Gamelan", the percolating, slap-happy beats and guitars of "East of Ealing", the experimental rock of "Re:Cooperation Part Two", and the trippy, techno-like journey of "Never Enough Part Two". All in all, a dizzying masterpiece of five years of labor, worth every second of every day put into it.

Mark, Ireland

Always interesting, atmospheric and intelligent album
A fine cd, well-crafted and full of flowing melodies and organic ambient sounds. Reminiscent of Fripp etc as everyone else has said. Relaxing, laid-back and soothing without being at all boring or lacking in musical interest.


Needless To Say, These 2 Artists Are Head & Shoulders Above Many In This Competive Genre Of Electronics... The CD Is Well Executed & Delivers The AWESOME Sounds That One Would Expect From Talent This Good... These Sounds Drift So Easily That It Is Hard Not To 'Mellow' Out & Relax... A Very Nice Album Worthy Of All The Praise It Deserves... A++++++++++
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