|Newly reissued with a new cover, this CD brings back into circulation this classic release of musique concrete, electroacoustic and electronic works. The six pieces inclue Georg Katzer's 'Aide Memoire', John Oswald's 'Parade' (an early Plunderphonic piece borrowing from Satie), Lutz GlandienÕs 'Es Lebe' with Michael Vogt, Steve Moore's 'A Quiet Gathering', Jaroslav Krcek's 'Sonaty Slavickove and the classic 'Homaggio a Jerry Lee Lewis' by Richard Trythall.
John Oswald: Parade (1986) 11:08 This is music & also a sound piece. Oswald uses different source material, rearranges them, speeding them up to fit into a coherant whole. Some of the musical excerpts are recognizable, many are not. One musical excerpt can be laid on top of the other, creating juxtapositions or harmony.What can "Parade" refer to? Perhaps the parade of recorded music that we have in front of us. There is musical criticism here, showing us the blandness that passes for music. But these are my feelings about the piece. Oswald talks about "Parade" in the booklet.
George Katzer: Aide Memoire (1983) 14:00 "Aide Memoire" is a 14 minute sound piece & auditory document of Hitler's regime, including the German people's easy acceptance of him. As with all documentaries it leads the listener from the beginning of Hitler & the societal change that occured: the actual speeches, & music excerpts from that time, to the vicious evil that ensued.(Katzer even uses the sound of marching soldiers' feet.) We eventually experience the tragedy of the Jewish Holocaust, this done using various sound techniques: a speech against the Jews, leading to the gas chamber sounds reinacted & a choir singing "Misery" in the background. One doesn't need to know German for one to experience the time span here put together superbly. This piece took a while to get placed on the original LP. This is quite a "think piece."
Lutz Glandien: Es Lebe (1990) 12:01 The tuba is used for music, while behind it are different electronic sounds & then comes accompanying electronic music. One could say this piece is sparse, but it really isn't, as the sounds are always fulfilling. It slowly evolves & the drama builds (as in "Aide Memoire"). This music can juxtapose & also be in harmony.
Steve Moore: A Quiet Gathering (1988) 22:46 An audio snapshot? An audio landscape? An audio portrait? Sounds are put together over & over & on top of one another: birds, children, bells, a crowd, a dog, children playing, water sounds, the wind, fireworks, people praying, an announcer, flies buzzing, trains, industrial noises, etc., --life on earth. Sounds dull? This isn't.
Jaroslav Krcek Sonaty Slavickove (1970) 4:34 This is musical drama with chirping, singing electronic birds! And musical they are. The electronic sounds behind the birds simulate nature , with the tempature and the season of Spring singing & fluctuating like the birds. Great!
Richard Trythall: Ommagio A Jerry Lee Lewis (1975) 6:33 Here Trythall criticizes rock & roll with a Jerry Lee Lewis song. He breathes new life into it & gives us an idea of the possibilities of what can be done with the Rock form of music AND! what can be done with the electronic music form.
All pieces are an unusual listening experience.