The Flight of the Obsidian Butterfly

by Gray Mortuary

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An electro-acoustic sojourn through the Christic life/death cycle from the Aztec mythos.

"Quite awe inspiring, to be honest, as the textures and arrangements used are often quite inventive." Scott Homewood, www.rockandrollreport.com

Matt Howarth of www.soniccuriosity.com writes: "This release from 2011 features 77 minutes of edgy electronic music. A bevy of gurgling electronics is utilized to create this eerie tuneage.

This music is markedly different from Arnold’s other releases, in that the tunes exhibit a gritty unearthly quality with harsher electronics and a more abstract structure. Though generally melodic, the flow of each song tends to be edgier and somewhat harmonic, with a touch of savagery to the outcome.

The electronics are versatile and often convey a mixture of ghostly and spacey characteristics. The result is haunting and evocative. Some percussives are present, mixed into the mix as aspects of the flow instead of locomotive tempos. There’s guitar, but the instrument appears only sporadically, noticeable by the sudden twang in the music.

These compositions are (as previously noted) highly abstract. Their melodic qualities are overwhelmed by this esoteric structure. A certain breathy quality dominated the music’s presentation, as if one is eavesdropping on the soundtrack of an alien environment filled with strange creatures.

The emotional consequence of the music is riveting, generating an unsettling mood in the listener, an edginess that manifests as a tasty form of dramatic tension. The end result is quite intriguing."

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released October 31, 2009

Composed, performed and recorded by Tony Arnold, with Robert Allen Pittman providing additional audio - track 14.

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