Monday, July 04, 2016

Iannis Xenakis - La Legende D'Eer [Karlrecords 024 Promo]

To be released on July 15th, 2k16 via Karlrecords in the labels Perihel Series is "La Legende D'Eer" by the highly acclaimed experimental composer Iannis Xenakis who surely has set new standards in the creation of music and non-music throughout his impressive career due to the use of mathematical principles in composition which are also used in the piece featured on this album - a piece which has been messed up a lot in the past, especially as it was officially released with several flaws before. Now remastered by Rashad Becker for stereo use from the original eight track tape that Xenakis himself presented at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse back in 1978 for the first time we're drawn in and immersed into a musical approach that starts from pure sinewaves and subtly evolves from scratch into a not chaotic but surely unfamiliar, multi-rhythmic layered musical structure taking over the stereo field in a pretty much alienating way, presenting an array of formerly unheard - and at the time shocking - sounds of which only some plucked strings and abused, mutilated brass pieces sound slightly common whilst others resemble screaming monsters, bring in heavy Noize blasts, dark, gnarling bits or even sounds of shafting waves and clanging glass in a way that antedates the now common #TMI abbreviation for more than one reason. An overdose of sonic events for those who are ready to melt their brains on this well exciting trip into what experimental electronic music was capable of way before computers and DAW's became commonplace. We're in for the thrill!


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