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Artist: ARI BENJAMING MAYERS
Title: Symphony X
Format: CD
Label: Potomak
Rated: *****
Collaborator of Philip Glass, Einsturzende Neubauten, The Residents, Morton Subotnik, The Orb, and Sun Electric among others Ari Benjamin Meyers worked also for classical institutions including the Semper Opera Dresden and the Berlin State Opera. He also is conductor and composer at the Juilliard School, Yale University, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin as well as a founding member of the avant-hardcore band Celan (along with musicians from Unsane and Oxbow) . On SYMPHONY X, Ari, presents four movements which are linked to the minimal suites of composers of the likes of Philip Glass or Glenn Branca. Ari made something similar to the Glenn Branca guitar symphonies recordings using a symphonic orchestra made of saxophones, brass, strings, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, and electronics. Repetition and variation are the key element of the CD. We have atmosphere alternation where percussions and bass/guitar make the tension grow slowly with constant repetitions of one note and all of a sudden part of the brasses section start to play the same note alternatively, each part of the section hit a different bit of the measure producing an hypnotic effect. The four movements sometimes start from a reprise just to change tiny things, then ending into something different. Great album that you'll love if you like epic sounds and experimental/modern classical music.



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