The Sound Barrier for Monday 23 April 2012
A small glimpse at just some of the highlights coming up in the next episode of The Sound Barrier next Monday morning, 23 April 2012, 2AM - 6AM includes:
In C by Terry Riley
Pretty much universally recognised as the seminal work in minimalist music. Built on 53 short musical phrases, In C builds into an irresistible smorgasbord of sound, where phrases are layered on top of each other, interweaving, overlapping, conversing. Every performance is different. The famous performance from New York's 'Bang on a Can' will feature this week on The Sound Barrier. Be sure not to miss this amazing piece that has influenced, and continues to influence, so much music since it was written almost half a century ago.
Permutation City by Chris Dench
This is a sparkling, yet somehow strangely disembodied, piece of music for tuned percussion - marimbas, vibraphone and crotales - by one of Melbourne's really fascinating contemporary composers. It captures the austerity of a modern city and yet seems to burst with an alien life too. This is a world spangled with electric light that effervesces in cool, concrete shadows.
William Basinski's DLP 2.1
Here, in one of a series of Disintegration Loops by this incredibly original American musician and composer, we hear the sound of an old tape loop slowly degrading as it is played over and over. There's a sad, peaceful ambience to this music, as it envelops you in its dying fragility. It's music that really is, by the end, gone forever.
Daylights by The Necks
Music that defies any attempt to classify it. From their latest album, Mindset, this is another epic work of slow, studied improvisation from this amazingly talented Sydney-based trio, where the music builds and blends with an almost imperceptibly changing momentum. As you immerse yourself in its hints of jazz, krautrock and minimalism, you feel you are witnessing the creation of music, just as you hear its demise in The Disintegration Loops.
These are just four of the highlights this coming Monday on The Sound Barrier. There's much, much more - including music from Melbourne's Paul Kidney Experience, Italy's Ligatura and music built out of the sounds of arcade game machines from Finland's Tomuttontu. Make sure you tune in or log on for four hours of incredible avant-garde, experimental and new music!