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ALEXANDERSON, MAGNUS - Stretched in the Dark

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Elektron Records EM1010
Release Year: 2005
Note: digipack, 3 pieces from 1991, 1997 & 2000
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00


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Drei Stcke von dieser Neuentdeckung fr uns, dem schwedischen Elektro-Akustiker MAGNUS ALEXANDERSON; seinen Stil knnte man als "dark & droney electro-acoustic" bezeichnen, v.a. das Titelstck begeistert mit schneidenden, sehr kraftvoll-intensiven Dronescapes...

"Elektron is the record company of SEAMS, the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in Sweden. Their tenth release is by Magnus Alexanderson (1961). He studied guitar, bassoon and musical theory in his youth and later on computer music. Nowadays he works mainly in the electro-acoustic field. There are three pieces here on this release, one from 1991, one from 1997 and the most recent is from 2000, the opening piece. It's called Stretched In Dark (the word the mentioned in the title is missing here) and is listed as musique concrete, but it's wall of the sound drone could easily be listed as 'amplified electric guitar plays with a chain saw', as it has the heavy saw sounds of an amplified agricultural tool. The midiguitar is part of the second piece, Melting Points (1997) together with a sampler. Similar chainsaw effects are reached here, but it's a much more serious piece of slowly gliding sounds, occasionally interrupted by smaller sounds. The oldest piece is Fu (1991), and it's also the longest piece. It's for computer-controlled synthesizer and of a much more quieter nature. Bell like sounds open the piece, and over the course of almost thirty minutes these get stretched out and are sometimes visited by the bell sounds. A deeply atmospherical piece that is the highlight of the CD, even when the other


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