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  • Pinke, Brian
    As for works with rocks, is ol FM Einheit too obvious, or why has no one mentioned him yet? Aside from the rock bashing (or sand pouring: Wueste) done with
    Message 1 of 2 , May 2, 2000
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      As for works with rocks, is ol' FM Einheit too obvious, or why has no one
      mentioned him yet? Aside from the rock bashing (or sand pouring: Wueste)
      done with Einstuerzende Neubauten, he has several (sometimes hard to find)
      solo albums with stone based themes and tracks, including Stein, Steinzeit,
      and a band project called Stein. His radio play with Andreas Ammer (Radio
      Inferno)is fantastic, too, if not directly stone-related. Anyone have
      Apocalypse Live, and care to draft a mini-review?

      More rocks as percussion: Carl Orff (from
      Antigonae, for example, sets much of Sophocles' text as monotone
      chant over a simple pounding bass. Wide-spanned melodies are only heard at
      moments of great dramatic tension, and the strange but impressive orchestra
      (six each of flutes, oboes and trumpets, four harps, six pianos, nine
      double-basses and a vast array of percussion, including giant xylophones,
      tuned stones and Javanese gongs) isn't often heard at full, thrilling,
      barbarous strength. But Antigonae has a power that can seem very close to
      the mingling of religious rite and civic spectacle that Greek theatre
      probably was. It was followed by a similarly scored Oedipus Rex and a
      setting of Aeschylus's Prometheus (in Greek, with an even larger percussion
      section, plus two organs and four banjos) which Orff's admirers regard as
      his masterpiece.

      And don't forget the Xenakis classic:
      Medea for Male Choir, Hand-Held Stones and Orchestra

      for the record, here's the accompanying review from my top-secret source

      AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Perfomed by the Orchestra and Choir of the French
      Radio-Television directed by Marius Constant. A good combination of Xenakis'
      more spare abstract music combined with ancient Greek chant ...more
      involving than the often violent-themes or forced humor of his music based
      on stochastic procedures, transformation groups, Poisson's law of
      probabilities, etc, where
      structure is the only content...but some people like that sort of
      thing...This record also includes "Syrmos" for 18 strings, and "Polytope for
      4 orchestras disseminated in the audience." -- "Blue" Gene Tyranny


      As for the short track thread... personally, I find length alone to be a
      poor indicator of quality.

      (Yet another) Brian
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