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THE BUSY DRONE

Compositions for mechanical organ

Label: BV Haast Records

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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Reedist Willem Breuker has a fascination with the mechanical organ, particularly instruments like the European street organ. The mechanical organ works like a player piano, and on these recordings is controlled by either Ben Uijtiens or Chris Weeda. His previous Bvhaast album, LUNCHCONCERT for three Amsterdam streetorgans recorded from 1967-1969 is an unusual album of organ work that takes the instrument is lesser known territories, and included a tribute piece to John Coltrane. The newly reissued The Busy Drone, originally released as an LP, takes these concepts further, presenting works from the 60's through the 90's, performing compositions by Breuker, Misha Mengelberg, Guus Janssen and other European artists. The pieces here include "Music for Han Bennink" and a "Gloriette for John Cage." It's an odd yet enjoyable record, unlikely music from an instrument typically dedicated to tourist fare, but here performing complex compositions from some of Europe's great keyboard composers.
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Cat. number: BVHAAST 9603
Year: 2007