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Immersion / Various
Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Starkland   Catalog #: 2010   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pamela ZBruce OdlandMaggi PayneCarl Stone,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Surround 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording will play on all standard DVD players, as well as any hardware compatible with the DVD-Audio format. Standard CD players will not play this DVD.

Immersion is now recognized as a groundbreaking recording that let listeners experience new music in high-resolution surround sound for the first time in history. All the music was commissioned by Starkland exclusively for this surround sound release.

"I think surround sound offers a wonderful medium for new music. Commissioning a wide variety of today's composers to create music specifically for high-resolution surround sound seemed a terrific way to help launch the surround sound era," says Thomas Steenland, Starkland's President. Read more />
All the composers were excited about high-resolution surround sound. Meredith Monk comments that "in many of my pieces, I have worked with making a space ring or resound by placing singers in a 'surround sound' spatial relationship to the audience. Now I really appreciate that there is a playback medium which allows that visceral, rich perceptual experience to happen at home."

Tomlinson Holman, one of the world's leading surround sound authorities, states that "this fascinating disc" is among the first "to show composers stretching the boundaries of recorded sound by exploring the new possibilities inherent in DVD-Audio."

All the music on the Immersion DVD involves you in ways never before possible. In the opening piece Live/Work, Pamela Z gives you a virtual surround tour of her studio with a precision that you have never previously heard. Z is an audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. In performance, she creates layered works that combine operatic bel canto and experimental vocal techniques with a battery of digital delays, found percussion objects, spoken word, and sampled concrete sounds.

R E V I E W S:

"Not only a fascinating array of musical innovation but a persuasive exploration of the possibilities of surround sound... The care that went into this disc is carried through to the stylish onscreen graphics [and] the excellent printed program notes." Music 4 stars Recording 5 stars
-- Sound & Vision

"A number of 'firsts' in an exceptionally enjoyable program."
-- Billboard

"A highly enjoyable group of pieces in a new medium with loads of potential."
-- Fanfare

"Starkland's Immersion was the first DVD-A project released featuring works composed specifically for the new surround medium. The disc features 13 new music pieces from some of the world's most ambitious electroacoustic composers."
-- Pro Sound News

"Thirteen of the hippest composers around... It's an exciting body of work...In this disc, a new genre of music is born."
-- Kyle Gann
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Works on This Recording

Live/Work by Pamela Z
Period: 20th Century 
Tank by Bruce Odland
Period: 20th Century 
White Turbulence 2000 by Maggi Payne
Period: 20th Century 
Luong Hai Ky Mi Gia by Carl Stone
Period: 20th Century 
The Housatonic at Henry Street by Phil Kline
Period: 20th Century 
Margaret Tuned the Radio in Between Two Stations by Ellen Fullman
Period: 20th Century 
Propeller Island by Lukas Ligeti
Period: 20th Century 
Steel by Paul Dresher
Period: 20th Century 
Sayonara Sirenade 20/21 by Pauline Oliveros
Period: 20th Century 
Twilight's Dance by Paul Dolden
Period: 20th Century 
2000 by Merzbow
Period: 20th Century 
Sighs and Rumors: A SeaSong by Ingram Marshall
Period: 20th Century 
Eclipse Variations by Meredith Monk
Period: 20th Century 

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