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Electronic Masters, Vol. 2

Hubert Howe, Electronics; William Price, Electronics
Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Ablaze Records   Catalog #: 00013   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jr. Hubert S. HoweNikolet BurzynskaJuan Carlos VasquezSteve McCourt,   ... 
Performer:  Jr. Hubert S. HoweElectronics] Magdalena [Flute LapinskaPawel PrzezwanskiJuan Carlos Vasquez,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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ELECTRONIC MASTERS, VOL. 2 Various artists (electronics); Magdalena Lapinska 1 (fl); Yi-Chia Chen 2 (mmb) ABLAZE 00013 (61:06)

HOWE Emergence. BURZYNSKA 1 Flectro. VASQUEZ Collage 2. Read more class="COMPOSER12">MCCOURT Ac-1. PRICE WOOSH. MONOPOLI The Rite Of Judgment. LIN 2 Flux. KAUHL Autonomous Agents. NICHOLS Amovi Alaan

Electronic music should not, as a genre, automatically instill fear in the average listener. Some of the pioneers of electronic and computer music, including Otto Luening and Mario Davidowsky, wrote works of considerable delicacy and beauty. For such composers, the new sounds are tools, means to an end. That is not the guiding aesthetic of this collection. These nine composers, who come from a broad range of backgrounds, share a sense of reveling in the sound worlds they can create at their computer keyboards. Two of the composers introduce traditional instruments: Nikolet Burzynska includes flute and Mei-Fang Lin employs a marimba. In the case of the John Nichols work, sampled voices are added to the purely electronic mix. In each of these examples, those non-electronic components soften the profile of the music by adding a human quality. The other six composers work purely in electonic media, often with giddy delight. We get gobs of sound, layers of micro-tones, and a dynamic and harmonic range that seems to test the perceptive abilities of the human ear. When a composer’s credits include “sound design” (Juan Carlos Vasquez), or is said to be inspired by psychoanalytical theories (Nicola Monopoli), you should have a sense of what to expect here. None of the composers claims to be inspired by Haydn sonatas. But if sheer aural atmospherics and experiementation appeals to you, this might light your fire.

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Works on This Recording

Emergence, for electronics by Jr. Hubert S. Howe
Performer:  Jr. Hubert S. Howe (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Home Studio, New York, NY, USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Flectro, for flute & live electronics by Nikolet Burzynska
Performer:  Electronics] Magdalena [Flute Lapinska (Electronics), Electronics] Magdalena [Flute Lapinska (Flute), Pawel Przezwanski (Programming)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  S1 Studio in UMFC, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Collage 2, for electronics by Juan Carlos Vasquez
Performer:  Juan Carlos Vasquez (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  JC Vasquez Studios, London, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Ac-1, for electronics by Steve McCourt
Performer:  Steve McCourt (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  University of Limerick, Limerick, Irelan 
Length: 12 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Woosh, for electronics by William Price
Performer:  William Price (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Home Studio, Birmingham, AL, USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
The Rite of Judgment, for electronics by Nicola Monopoli
Performer:  Nicola Monopoli (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Flux, for marimba & electronics by Mei-Fang Lin
Performer:  Electronics] Yi-Chia [Marimba Chen (Marimba), Electronics] Yi-Chia [Marimba Chen (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Autonomous Agents, for electronics by Cody Kauhl
Performer:  Cody Kauhl (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Home Studio, Kansas City, MO, USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Amovi Alaan, for electronics by John III Nichols
Performer:  John III Nichols (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champai 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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