Soft Liquid Joy
- Artist: New York City Pop Band
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/10/2005
_A Soft Liquid Joy_ is 1 piece divided into 3 sections comprised of 17 songs. The sections are: I. The Ravishing Toy-Girl (tracks 1-7) II. The Lonely Magnetic Balloon (tracks 8-10) III. The Thrill of the Heavy Toilet (tracks 11-17) though it could be argued that both tracks 1 and 17 actually fall outside of the three sections, more or less enveloping them. Whatever one's stance is on that particular issue, it will seem evident that the ending is more or less like the beginning--i.e. it is as if some sort of journey has been undertaken whose ending marks the trajectory as cyclical (but not circular). Or, could it be as Ikkyu said (along with a great number of other Zen masters) that there is neither coming nor going? All the pieces are a mixture of concretely composed parts, improvisational elements and the (passively accepted) accidental. The New York City Pop Band was formed in 2002 by Charles Ramsey, who is it's only member. The aim was to produce 'imaginative' music which was ambient/minimalist/fusion in nature, and while this is still a strong tendency of the band's, recently other styles have been appropriated--namely the dissonances of the Second Viennese School (et al.) and more pop/rock sounding things. But, truth be told, the real goal has nothing to do with 'writing music that sounds like...(fill in the blank)' at all, or to flaunt this or that compositional technique: the real goal is to make music which is entertaining, involving, and stamped with the indelible mark of an abundance of life.