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An Enjoyable Diversion?,
This review is from: Beaubourg (Audio CD)
Beaubourg is a part of Paris where Vangelis used to live. It also contains the Pompidou Centre. According to Mark Griffin's biography of the composer, "Vangelis fell in love with the coloured tubes on the outside of the building and with the album invoked his personal view of the architecture."
It must be said that this is not an easy album to listen to: it is very avant garde and experimental. Vangelis said, "I wanted to do something really non-commercial." Like his later album `Invisible Connections', Vangelis here is exploring sound rather than presenting a structured vehicle with a recognisable beginning, middle, and end. Melodious, it is not; or rather, the melody comes in short bursts. (One cannot help but wonder if this album is a form of tribute to IRCAM, which is housed next to the Pompidou Centre.)
But just as a lover of Brahms might forego the music of Schoenberg, the listener to `Spiral' might want to leave `Beaubourg' alone. But if you are prepared to open your ears and listen to a great composer explore the sounds of capabilities of the electronic (and acoustic) instruments he has to hand, `Beaubourg' can be an enjoyable diversion.