Review

Charles Esposito

Accidental Music 1987-1991

Mid-Air Museum / chOOn!! • 2023

In the web community Ultravillage, some music enthusiasts have joined forces to publish reviews, biographies and discographies of unknown ambient, electronic and new age artists from the 1970s to the 1990s. Mark Griffey, the man behind it all, has now founded the Mid-Air Museum label, on which he intends to reissue forgotten private pressings. »Accidental Music 1987-1991« by Charles Esposito is the label’s first release in collaboration with Scottish reissue specialists chOOn!! Charles Esposito, an experimental musician born in 1949 in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, released a series of tapes in the 1980s and 1990s, a selection of which are now being issued on vinyl for the first time. These are airy sonic constructions somewhere between new age, ambient and minimal music, with percussive melodies or melodic percussion. The tracks reveal an affinity with both Brian Eno and Steve Reich. Some tracks, such as »Hand Dance« or »Point Of View«, seem like a premonition of minimal house, proving once again that experimental electronic music is connected in many ways.