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Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal

Artist: Philip Corner
Philip Corner - Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal Vinyl Lp
Label: Sonore Records
Regular Price: $22.95
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Year: 2012
Format: Vinyl

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Philip Corner (b. 1933) studied composition with Henry Cowell and Otto Luening and musical analysis with Oliver Messiaen. During the 1960s and 70s he was an active member of Fluxus, a founder (along with James Tenney and Malcolm Goldstein) of the Tone Roads Chamber ensemble, the resident musician and composer for the Judson Dance Theatre, and co-founder of Gamelan Son Of Lion (with Barbara Benary and Daniel Goode). Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal presents three previously unpublished compositions by Philip Corner recorded in various locations. On side 1 'Ear Wave' (Venice, October 1994) is a long piece for Korean cymbal in water: an ecstatic composition recorded and played outdoors by Phil Corner; acousmatic interjections of metallic resonances and subtle water sounds; you can listen the distant sound of the midnight bell of San Marco in Venice. On the second side the track 'Gong/Ear,' recorded in June 1990 (S.Andrea di Rovereto, Italy). Phil Corner plays gong together with rain and thunder for an abstracted and strongly emotional track. It's followed by 'I Respiri/The Breaths,' an avant-garde composition for alphorn and gong recorded in 1992 (at Teatro Scandicci). In very few words, Philip Corner is one of the most important figures in the American avant-garde.
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