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Music in the Shape Of A Square
2-disc set!

During the 1960s and '70s, Philip Glass established himself as a leading artistic voice by creating a new musical language in the downtown loft spaces of New York's Soho district. Forty years later, Glass' early revolutionary music continues to appeal to younger generations as evidenced by Orange Mountain Music's latest release, Alter Ego Performs Philip Glass. 2006 marks the Italian new music ensemble Alter Ego's 15th anniversary as an ensemble. Across Europe, they are widely recognized as pioneers of new and experimental music. On this specially-priced two-disc set, the group performs seminal Glass works including 4 world-premiere recordings. Featured pieces include 'How Now,' '600 Lines,' 'Piece in the Shape of a Square,' 'Gradus,' 'Music in Similar Motion,' 'Strung Out' and 'Music in Contrary Motion' with a total length of over 135 minutes of glorious music.

Standing Still, Facing Forward
"Brian Pyle is Ensemble Economique. This is the first LP release from Ensemble Economique. Digitalis issued the At the Foot of Nameless Roads CD in 2008. Both recordings are important primers to Pyle's nascent invocations of Holger Czukay's Cannaxis  (on No GPS) and Karlheinz Stockhausen's Kontake (on At the Foot). With Standing Still, Facing Forward Ensemble Economique provides the most mature realization of Pyle's compositional process, which utilizes found sounds, field recordings, and musical performance that he later meticulously edits, layers, and loops in the studio. The effects of these processes are dramatic, cinematic and conceptually rigorous and this recording evidences Pyle as an important new composer emerging out of the long and storied tradition of West Coast experimentalism. Utilizing a delicate combination of the homespun improvisation of his other project, Starving Weirdos (whose work sounds like an American echo of AMM) with his own unique variation on the European avant-garde in Ensemble Economique, Pyle's practice involves a dense approach to composition akin to assemblage. But unlike electronic and laptop composition, Pyle's studio work aims to re-establish an organicism associated with live (or, in the case of the field recordings, lived) performance that pushes the studio out into nature and nature into the studio. In short, the Northern Californian landscape plays an integral part in Ensemble Economique's soundscapes, and this record captures much of the atmosphere of Pyle's home terrain." LP comes wrapped in a letter-pressed band and contains a 16-page art book.
Differences/Sequenze III & VII
Collection of works (1951-1969) by Italian avant-garde composer and sound pioneer Luciano Berio. Featuring performances by mezzo soprano (and muse of such composers as Stravinsky, Bussotti and Henze) Cathy Berberian and leading oboe virtuoso Heinz Hollinger, as well as one of the first attempts to combine live instrumentation with pre-recorded sound
Kuhn / Toshiko Akiyoshi, Steve
Bruckmann / Rosenberg / Zerang
"The music builds up a head of steam, but it never reaches a point where a predictable continuity of momentum is achieved. Instead, it feasts on irregular movements, serrated edges, and explosive outbursts of sound that are the product of the imaginative minds of the players." (Frank Rubolino/One Final Note)

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