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    De Man, Roderik – “Electrified Music” – [Electroshock Records]

    De Man, Roderik “Electrified Music”
    More cerebral compositions from the recent batch of
    Electroshock treatment applied to KFJC . This was first
    out in 2004, and covers works dating back to 1998. De Man
    is Dutch master of electroacoustic alchemy. De Man’s
    machined sounds work with tight filters creating eerily
    clean soundscapes. Several times on listening to this CD,
    I recalled the Empreintes Digitales label that KFJC was
    digging on back around the turn o’ the milennium. Pieces
    often approach 10 minutes using tape and deceptively simple
    sources (as listed in the booklet) to create very complex
    work, nearly devoid of any repetition, but chock full of
    dynamics. “Wait a Minute” is an exception, clocking in at
    77 seconds, with sped up voices and operator assistance.
    “Czar Peter’s Creation” is also unique, operatic rendition of
    a Pushkin poem, with sound as a distant backdrop. All other
    tracks pit measured silences versus flurries of notes, and
    even with the familiar sounds or flute, recorder, timpani,
    trumpet and harpsichord, there’s something about the arrangement
    of notes and strangeness of the tape that has each piece feel
    alien. “Chordis Canam” features hyper harpsichord plucked out
    by De Man’s woman Annelise, who died in 2010, she is also on
    “Momentum.” These compositions feel like beaming down on to
    some unknown planet. You walk through them more than listen
    easily to them. Surprises at many a step: that weird kid’s
    ghost on “Chordis Canam” jazzy flourishes (conducted improv
    or truly composed?) the racing Dreyblattian conclusion to
    “Momentum”. Some overlap with an Emergo label release KFJC is lucky to have.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm
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