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David Rosenboom

Brainwave music

Label: EM Records

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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CD reissue of biofeedback/brainwave music masterpieces from 1971 to 1974, using analog synthesizers, piano, and text. Includes a bonus track, a previously-unreleased 2001 piece featuring biofeedback-driven computer synthesis, violin and oboe. With original cover art. Listed in Alan Licht's "Minimalism Top 10 Pt. 3": "The sidelong 'Portable Gold and Philosopher's Stones (Music from Brains in Fours)' uses brain waves to trigger synths. A spiraling, oozing piece, it's the best analog synth minimalism I've heard this side of David Borden, Horacio Vaggione's 'Ending', or Keith Fullerton Whitman's release on Heavy Tapes. The other tracks, 'Chilean Draught' and 'Piano Etude (Alpha)' use rapid-fire, repetitive piano figures, like Fred Rzewski on speed or something, combined with an odd and effective text about environmental disaster in South America on the former and more brain waves on the latter." -- Alan Licht



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Cat. number: EM1054CD
Year: 2009
Notes:
Tracks 1 to 3 originally released on LP by A.R.C. Records as #ST1002. Track 4 is a previously unreleased bonus track from 2001. Track 1 originally recorded live at International Carnival of Experimental Sound (ICES), Roundhouse, London, 1972; re-mixed and mastered at York University Electronic Media Studios, 1974; digital re-mastering in the composer's studio at California Institute of the Arts, 2000. Track 2 recorded at York University Electronic Media Studios, Toronto, 1974; digital re-mastering in the composer's studio at California Institute of the Arts, 2005. Track 3 recorded at Warehouse Recording Studio, New York, 1971; re-mixed at York University Electronic Media Studios, Toronto, 1974; digital re-mastering in the composer's studio at California Institute of the Arts, 2005. Track 4 recorded at Engine 27 in New York, NY on March 3, 2001. Includes 44-page booklet.

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