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Roberta Settels


Label: Bin

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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Awesome archival reissue, few copies in stock: Roberta Settels was an American composer and industrial designer. She studied composition at Juliard in New York, and during the 70-ties and 80-ties, composed electronic music in Stockholm at EMS, and in Paris at IRCAM, and studied with the composeres Pierre Boulez and Iannis Xenakis. Later she created her own studio. Isolation from 1985 is her only released recording. It was released on her private label 'Music in Crisis'. Although 'Isolation' was composed in 1985, most parts of it sound very fresh and contemporary. Very unique for it's time, the timbres and formal progression of the work bare little resemblance to the electroacoustic maximalism of the period.  Isolation! Meinhof In Memoriam, an electronic work on Red Army Faction co-founder Ulrike Meinhof, composed shortly after she was found dead in her cell in 1976. The record was originally meant to be released on the Caprice label, who backtracked over concerns about the album's militant leftist politics, which meant that Settels released it herself on her Music In Crisis label. She described her compositions as "music for spiritual survival" and also composed for TV, film, and radio. The music in the album, all generated by pure analog means, contains elements of extreme minimalism and splicing-techniques derived from the tape-music tradition. Even though the work, making clever use of sine-waves and white noise, it is very minimal in it's expression, and very clearly communicates the emotional states of lonliness and isolation which are it's conceptual aim. The work is divided into four parts: Landscape With 3 tape-recorders And... , Scenario, Isolation (Meinhof In Memoriam) and P1 Ð Information?, forming a perceived whole. This re-release comes in a limited edition with a custom-made plastic sleeve, with the original cover and cover-notes in Swedish, English, German and French, written and designed by the composer.

Cat. number: BIN 00-02
Year: 2007

Re-release of the record from 1985.  Limited edition of 250 copies. As with the original this comes in custom made silk screened plastic cover.