Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   6/6/2014   A Library, CD

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

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