"Pitched Lung In Bell Streams" are two, fifteen minute, compositions that bring a whirlwind of bells, alto saxophone and upright bass together, mixing heavy improvisation with overdub and arrangement. This album was recorded both outdoors in the Sonoran Desert and in the studio at the artist's home in Tucson.
These long form instrumentals center on the bell as a percussive movement and atmospheric location for other sounds to arise and fall in and out of place. Conceived of as an elemental work, the timbre throughout its entirety speaks to water and air in relation to one another. Ruehlen often uses an interchanging palette of tools, like a disheveled and crisscrossed mixer set up, as an extended technique for re-organizing or intensifying certain aspects of the woodwind's voice, bringing about harsh gusts that edge out or squeeze between saturated spaces in the music. Complicating the arrangement through crude synthesis, Ruehlen splits open the tone and placement of each instrument's frequencies and programmatic structure.