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GORDON, M.: Timber (Slagwerk Den Haag)

Composer(s):Gordon, Michael
Artist(s) Slagwerk Den Haag, Ensemble
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue CA-21072
Label Cantaloupe Music
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Grant Chu Covell,La Folia,September 2013

Let’s head to the lumber yard for inspiration. Actually, Gordon takes Xenakis’ simantras, essentially resonant 2x4s, out for a transfixing hour-long spin. There are only six pitches in this work for mallets and lengths of wood. The piece is about changing patterns and how the notes evolve to encircle the listener. The resonance after the beams are struck is particularly bewitching as a whole second category of buzzy chords and patterns appear. Cantaloupe has released the disc and booklet in a wooden clamshell box which I predict will become a collectors’ item. © 2013 La Folia

Review By Allan Kozinn,The New York Times,November 2011

25 Records of 2011

You can think of “Timber” as Steve Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood” gone mad, with gradual rhythmic evolution and good old-fashioned compositional manipulation rather than Reichian phasing as its engine. Mr. Gordon has six percussionists beat rapidly on a simantra (a wooden slab) to create a magnificently tactile texture in which densities and implied harmonies unfold, often surprisingly, over five movements lasting 55 minutes. See complete list


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