I've owned this CD for some time, but have held off posting a comment because I didn't quite know what to say about it. This thing is, this CD contains my favorite piece by Tudor - Pulsers. The track is essential not only to lovers of early electronic music, but also to anyone who dabbles in the avant garde. It's heavily percussive sounds drive the track on throughout, giving the piece structure (many early electronic pieces can seem like random noises, but that isn't the case here). No, there is no conventional melody, the rhythm is more akin to someone exercising, with heartbeats rising and falling as the intensity increases and decreases. Some of the sounds are harsh, but in this case things are levelled a bit by the inclusion of some violin work by Takehisa Kosugi (If you're into the like of Klaus Schulze, and other early purveyors of electronic music than Kosugi's Catch Wave (Digitally Remastered) is another essential listen).
The second track also includes Kosugi, but this time he provides vocals. These are more in like with Stockhausen: Stimmung stylistically (so be prepared). The electronic music is slightly more abstract. This track, and Pulsers were originally released on vinyl in 1984 (though CD would be the preferred medium for this, since any surface noise would detract from the various moments of silence, which are intrinsic to the work). With the move to CD we get what rock releases would call, a "bonus track". That is Phonemes which clocks in at a massive 30.55. It is of similar style to the other pieces, and its inclusion is totally in keeping with the other works.
I don't have the words to fully describe the music itself. Some will no doubt find it simply noise. Fair enough. Somehow Pulsers manages to tap into me at the emotional level, something not some common with early electronic piece which can be largely academic in the their interest. Pulsers is reason enough to buy this CD. I see prices on this one are slowly rising, which is a shame, since music is meant to be heard, and anything that gets in the way of this getting a wider audience is a shame. So grab it while you can, even if you pay more than you're usually comfortable with. This is a CD that gets regular spins from me, and even when it is not being played, it never goes far away from the player.
Highly recommended for the adventurous, curious, open-minded, and for those into the joy of creation.Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 starsFabulous Sounds!2 Dec 1999
By James Grady - Published on Amazon.com
If you like intense music you will LOVE this CD! I only bought it recently and some of the sounds that Mr Tudor manages produce sound like a building site from hell, yes it is that good.
5.0 out of 5 starsVery Cool Recording20 May 2014
By Romaine Coughlin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Tudor at the opposite end of "Rainforest." This is intentional and times brutal electro-acoustic music. If you aren't a fan of the experimental, stay away. The recording quality is good. I only wish more of his music were available.