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    Shatin, Judith – “Time to Burn” – [Innova/American Composers]

    Booklet-Pg1_07_1-8
    Shatin is a professor from the University of Virginia,
    she founded and directs their Center for Computer Music.
    That being said, this Innova release starts out purely
    organic, her “Glyph” suite starts with strings/piano
    chasing back and forth high end sprints. The third
    movement, “Ecstatic” shimmers, before a more panicky
    chasing ensues to close. “Time to Burn” follows with
    Aaron Hills fierce oboe, dreaming of a snake charming
    police alarm while getting ping-ponged between dual
    percussion. After awhile that has a very nice Partch
    power! “Grito del Corazon” follows and two enhanced
    clarinets swim through each other in dark waters. Hop
    on “Sic Transit” for a trolly bell and horse shoe
    wood block clonk action, precision percussion (CADI
    robot on board)! Next up a local connection to
    Stanford’s CCRMA for an electonics piece that could
    warm Francisco Lopez’s cold, frozen ambient heart.
    Not the wild-haired noise that many love, but not
    academically anaesthetic at all. Slow uncoiling of
    sound, reminiscent of Richard Teitelbaum’s “Golem”
    birth. Her Shatinic majesty saves the best for last,
    20 min epic…with the Cassatt String 4tet sawing
    and rebuilding tension, while processed shofar arcs
    between the towers of sound. At times the shofar
    takes a kind of Trautonium twist (Oskar Sala).
    Ideally pronounced as I believe. Enjoy
    the SHAYtoons.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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