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Artist: WARREN BURT
Title: Harmonic colour fields
Format: CD
Label: Pogus (@)
Rated: *****
Recorded between 1996 and 1997, "Harmonic colour fields" was played using a Roland Sound Canvas synth, which the author wittily describes as "the world's best cheap solution for fine tuning microtonality (and they're not even paying me to say this!)", and the liner notes further inform us about the nature of these deliberately "static microtonal harmonic fields". While used to even extreme forms of minimalism and computer music, I admit at first I was a bit disappointed by this cd - probably because, of all possible sounds in minimal contexts, I have a sort of distate for synths (unsurprisingly, I find the hyper-minimal "11:21:23 (A drone on mom and Felix's birthdays)", with its more subtle frequencies, the most enjoyable piece). But as the listenings succeeded, Burt's doomy, slowly unfolding drones did suck me in. Very static music indeed, reminding of historical minimalism works like La Monte Young's or Charlemagne Palestine's ("Alloy", for example) in its monolithic nature, thus requiring a concentrated mood and a certain dose of patience to be fully enjoyed. The solemn, at times dramatic power of the electronic drones makes up for the initial impression of tediousness.



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