Piece Comment

Review of Internal Combustion

This piece made me smile. From the description, I expected a collection of interesting engine sounds but was surprised by a lot more. It's actually a celebration of the rhythm that's been introduced to our world by the engine; this piece comes off like "STOMP" for the farm show. The producer has actually collected sounds from various engines and carefully crafted them into something sounding like a rhythm section. The affect is delightful. I think it could be put to good use in several ways. The producer mentioned the nearing of Otto's birthday, the inventor of the internal combustion engine. I can imagine a cool historical piece about the development of the engine and how it's changed our lives. The way engines have changed the collection of sounds a human recognizes could be an interesting angle suggested by this piece, but even without a unique angle, the sounds represented here would make an interesting selection for radio.