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  • Audio CD (18 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Prepared Piano Piece 1 - Aphex Twin
  2. Prepared Piano Piece 2 - Aphex Twin
  3. Study No. 7 - Conlon Nancarrow
  4. Sonatas 1 and 2 (from Sonatas & Interludes) - John Cage
  5. Violin Phase - Steve Reich
  6. First Construction in metal - John Cage
  7. The Tide - Squarepusher
  8. Spiral - Karlheinz Stockhausen

Disc: 2

  1. Sonata 12 (from Sonatas & Interludes) - John Cage
  2. Ionization - Edgard Varese
  3. Six Marimbas - Steve Reich
  4. Conc 2 Symmetriac - Squarepusher
  5. Sonata 5 and 6 (from Sonatas & Interludes) - John Cage
  6. AFX237 V7 - Aphex Twin
  7. Chamber Concerto 1. Corrente - Gyorgy Ligeti
  8. Chamber Concerto 2: Caimo, Sostenuto - Gyorgy Ligeti
  9. Chamber Concerto 3: Movimento Preciso e Meccanico - Gyorgy Ligeti
  10. Chamber Concerto 4:Presto - Gyorgy Ligeti
  11. Polygon Window - Aphex Twin

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I am a massive fan of all that is melodious and pleasant to my ear and also I have a love of the strange and upbeat. If you are interested in this album no doubt you are familiar with Aphex twin, AFX, Polygon Window, Raphlex, Warp Records and many more of this rather odd genre, and if you are, you will be aware that there are so many joys to be had, not only from Aphex twin but also his contemporaries. I own Aphex Twin's entire back cat including his many guises and I have to say that although I class myself as a "fan" a lot of his output is a hard listen. I recently purchased two albums that have an interesting twist. Both are works of Aphex twin but slightly different as they are played on "real" instruments ie an orchestra. The first album was called
Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin, this is a very interesting listen, not a classic but I will surely dust it off now and again as there are some great sections. The other was this album and like the title suggests it isn't great, or indeed even good. I have sold it already as I see no point in it cluttering up my already overstocked collection of music. Most of this album is by other artists from history, and while their contribution to the evolution of Electronica is very valid that doesn't make the tracks on this album enjoyable. The packaging is great sadly the music isn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A divine creation....... 8 Oct. 2007
By collegemoney - Published on Amazon.com
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The best of all worlds. The all time finest purveyors of avant garde and minimalist classical, the London Sinfonietta, play a virtual "greatest hits" from the pioneers of this music (Reich, Stockhausen, Cage, Ligety, Nancarrow etc.) and include a few works by their progeny Aphex Twin and Squarepusher. All done in the spontaneity of live performance. Two full CD's worth. A dream realized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Avant-Garde...Electronic artists collide, for this release...!!! 3 May 2007
By fetish_2000 - Published on Amazon.com
A strange one this....what transpires is a 2-CD disk of re-compostion's and arrangements, which are designed to: "explore the connection between electronic experimenters on the Warp label and their sonic grandfathers". What this amounts to, is a reinterpretation of pieces by: John Cage, Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, and Squarepusher, given to proper musicians (in this case, The London Sinfonietta), and the connections between the classical avant-garde and more popular forms of experimental music, have been amalgamated and interwoven, to bring more classically composed arrangements for the tracks by Aphex Twin & Squarepusher (as well as a "Boards of Canada" track), and modern re-imagining of the classic /avant-garde compositions by John Cage, Steve Reich & Karlheinz Stockhausen .

This is all handled and performed with the usual commitment and precision, that you'd expect from The London Sinfonietta, with what seems like a orchestra, that brings to these arrangements to life, by the use of beautiful soft strings, and a studied melancholic atmosphere, and this unique experiment is accentuated by graceful rhythmic and simmering electronic touches that hover above the orchestra, and would by and large...prove too complex for existing instrumental ensembles to fully interpret , and using mechanical processes replicating the loops and repetitions of computerized music, these composers/performers fascinated by untempered, non-orchestral sounds, were skilfully able to shadow the textural variety usually associated with electronica.

It's a heady experiment for sure....and it's sounds a million miles away from the difficult, fractured and freewheeling sounds and beats of Squarepusher & Aphex Twins work. (although certain segments of the performances do recall the textured, cerebral and sophisticated moods of their more ambient / downtempo tracks). And it'll take a remarkably committed fan of Squarepusher/Aphex Twin, to immediately recognise these re-compositions, such is the wildly different sound & arrangements. Where electronic sounds and computer arrangement have given way to actual instrumentation (with electronic effects assisting) thereby what you mostly find is that if a track was originally a frantic, volatile dance track, that shifted and accelerated around a high BPM, that it has largely been transformed it into something like manic, skewed Stravinsky. It's a radically different sound..for sure!!, that loosely resembles the originals, and are indeed far closer to Steve Reich and John Cage's, Stockhausen's experimental avant-garde work...which works a great deal with repetition, which if you not familiar with Cage, Reich's & Stockhausen's work, may prove difficult to digest.

For all the brilliance on display here, it's difficult to see who this album is aimed at??.....for me, there's no denying to excellence of the musicians/performers and their ability to perform this material. But fans of Aphex/Squarepusher, may find these interpretations, difficult to appreciate, as they initially only slightly resemble the originals. And fans of Cage/Reich may well have no interest in the work of Aphex/Squarepusher, when there is plenty of works of both Cage/Reich's/Stockhausen's own original work to choose from. But viewed as a stand-alone one-off experiment, it's a fascinating one, that although the connections with the original work are tenuous, at best....the stunning performances make this a thoroughly engaging listen, and it really is one of those albums that gets better with each listen, and what at first may seem a little flat and unremarkable, definitely grows in appreciation, the more your prepared invest with this and give several plays. And those that buy this knowing what to expect, will hopefully get as much out of this as I did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory 24 Jan. 2012
By Hektor Konomi - Published on Amazon.com
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Playing side by side the 20th century composers and the electronica artists that were partly influenced by them is bound to be revelatory on how much the first influenced the later.
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