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Artist: Alvin Lucier/MAZE (@)
Title: (Amsterdam) Memory Space
Format: CD
Label: Unsounds (@)
Rated: *****
Based on John Cage's precepts of the so-called aleatory music according to which the score rests on a number of established "rules" whereas the proper work's composition gets determined by performer, the instructions of Alvin Lucier's "(Hartford) Memory Space" (1970) focused on musician's "augmented" memory both in the inspirational and performative phases. Alvin just stated to record the "sound situations" of an "outside environment (urban, rural, hostile, benign) by any means (memory, written notations, tape recordings) before "returning to an inside performance space at any time later, re-create, solely by means of your voices and instruments and with the aid of your memory devices (without additions, deletions, improvisation, interpretation) those outside sound situations.". The members of the electroacoustic ensemble MAZE which include Yannis Kyriakides (computer and electronics), Anne La Berge (flute and electronics), Dario Calderone (double bass), Reinier van houdt (piano, keyboards, electronics), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), strictly followed Lucier's instructions while they were in Amsterdam on the occasion of the centenary of John Cage's birthday (5th September 2012) and assembled an inspiring one-hour lasting piece where individual mnemonic monads conflate into a collective patchwork by means of an accurate studio recording which combined titchy instrumental improvisations and field recordings, where each musical soul seems to go through A'dam in the guise of uncovered spheres within recorded clues of Dutch vibrating capital.



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