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on 20 July 2009
Heard one track from this by chance on Radio 3, "spring in an artificial garden" and it sounded intriguing, so bought the album.
Let'a assume that, like me, you are unfamiliar with the man or his work... i'm sure electronica experts have their own comparisons to make, but to a casual listener this is partly compelling, partly unsettling, but always interesting. Not malevolent music, but... still... a hint of the night around it. This is not music of sunlight, but of shadow.
Forget melody, think long drawn up tonal and textural progressions, with subtle tweaks and changes, and parts of this sound just like they are directly related to Ligety's "Atmospheres". So you could cut and paste this music into the movie 2001, no problem.
I'm sure that tied to a son et lumiere show at Versailles the music might have made more sense, but it still stands on its own two feet as a listening experience. A great listening experience? It seems to take itself very seriously and that might be the problem. It is no great work of art but, nevertheless, it IS a work of art. First track is the most compelling.